Three ways you can increase your online security right now

Digital security is more important than ever. Here’s three things you can do right now to make your online profiles, email and data more secure:

1. Use two-step verification: most of the major online services like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter etc., have an option that sets up two-step verification. Basically, when you log in to your account you are sent a text message with a code that you then type in. There are other various ways online companies do this, but the basic concept is that before you log in, you have to provide a quick and easy secondary way to verify that you are you.

2. Use a password manager: services like Dashlane and 1Password allow you set different and highly randomized passwords across all of your online services. All you have to remember is your master password. Super simple to set up and most services work across different mediums, so when you log in on your smartphone it will then be set up for the next time you log in on your laptop and so on.

3. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN): a VPN is a very affordable service you can set up on your smartphone and computer which acts as a go-between you and the sites you visit. So if you end up on a sketchy site (or are on a site you don’t want people to know you are visiting), the only thing anyone sees as the source is the VPN that is between you and the site you are on. VPN is not bullet proof, if someone wanted to trace you back to your original device they still could, but with a VPN you just made it a heck of a lot harder to do so!