There's one thing you can do to avoid being the victim of identity theft: follow this 10-step PC security plan.
Encrypt your network connection Most popular sites offer HTTPS connections at least some of the time. In Gmail, click the gear icon in the top-right corner and select "Always use https" under the General tab.
To select Facebook's HTTPS setting, click the down arrow in the top-right corner and choose Account settings. Select Security in the left pane and Edit in the Secure Browsing section of the main window. Check "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible" and click Save Changes to activate the feature.
Choose Facebook's HTTPS option by clicking "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible."
(Credit: Screenshot by Dennis O'Reilly)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox doesn't encrypt every page you browse to, but it automatically requests an encrypted connection for those sites that support HTTPS and that have been added to the program's rules.
After you install HTTPS Everywhere, the extension's icon appears in the top-right corner of Firefox. Click it to view the encrypted and nonencrypted content served by the current page.
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How to secure your PC in 10 easy steps
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:46:48 GMT