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You make sure that you lock the doors and windows in your house to keep out thieves, and you secure valuable papers in a locked cabinet or desk. But what about all that personal information stored on your computer – Social Security number, banking accounts, credit card transactions, tax returns, date of birth?

This easy-to-read handbook outlines the most common online risks to your privacy and provides simple, inexpensive measures to avoid them. You'll learn how to

  • Prevent unauthorized access to your files by data harvesters, hackers and government agents
  • Use a wireless network without exposing yourself to the neighborhood – and the world
  • Choose passwords that cannot be cracked
  • Recognize keystroke-recording programs
  • Search the Web without leaving an embarrassing or damaging trail
  • Restrict your exposure on social networking sites to real friends
  • Select a printer that doesn't leave an electronic fingerprint
  • Encrypt files easily and inexpensively
  • Spot email hoaxes instantly

Technology isn't the problem; in fact, it can be the answer if you know how to use it properly. All the security measures discussed are inexpensive (many are absolutely FREE), and you don't have to be a computer genius to implement them. It's not paranoid to be vigilant about protecting your online privacy. In today's brave new cyberworld, it's essential.

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