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wipe your device of personal data.
For Android phones, download
Lookout Mobile Security or Norton
Mobile Security (Beta). The free version
of Lookout offers a remote locator and
protection against viruses, malware,
and spyware, while Lookout Premium
($2.99 per month) includes password
activation, data wipes, and a built-in
privacy scan for any app you down-
load. Norton Mobile Security (free)
protects your private data, adds extra
password protection, and locks the
phone down if it’s lost or stolen or if
the SIM card is removed.
For BlackBerry phones, go to us.blackberry.
com/apps-software/protect to download
the BlackBerry Protect app, which will have
the same features as the security programs
for the iPhone and Android phones.
❻ Do Not Track: Stop Cookies
from Following You Around
The Federal Trade Commission’s concern
for consumer web privacy prompted the
agency to call for a Do Not Track option
in all browsers. This option is meant to
prevent web ads from tracking your every
move online. Microsoft promises this will
be standard in IE9.
Google’s Chrome offers Google’s own
Keep My Opt-Outs add-on extension that
enables you to opt out permanently from
ad-tracking cookies. In Chrome, go to bit.
ly/hF0sTV to get the anti-tracker add-on.
While Firefox has a number of third-party
ad track blockers (go to Tools > Add-ons
and search for “Do not track”), it is build-
ing a Do Not Track option directly into the
next version of the browser.
Another safeguard particular to Firefox is the
BetterPrivacy add-on. This extension deletes
persistent Flash cookies each time you close
your browser (Flash cookies resurrect the
regular cookies you delete). There’s also
the Ghostery add-on, which blocks web
bugs that could be hiding on the pages
you visit. Go to Tools > Add-ons and type
the add-on name in the search bar. For
other browsers, go to www.ghostery.com/
For all browsers, you can delete Flash
cookies by going directly to Adobe’s Flash
Manager page at phtshp.us/2fZi, where
you can knock out those tracking cookies
once and for all.
❼ Avoid Portal Tracking
“Use different browsers for e-mail and
security-sensitive activities such as banking
or shopping,” advises Symantec’s Chen.
“Major portals (such as Google, Microsoft
Live, and Yahoo) track your steps once you
log in everywhere on the web, not just on
their sites. They have access to whatever
personal information you have or enter
until you sign off. But if you have discrete
browsers, such as, say, Firefox for e-mail
and Chrome for other activities, the portal
won’t be able to follow you and your info.
Or just log out before going elsewhere
on the web.”
❽ Cover Your Back with Backups
The best way to back up your PC’s data
is to copy it to an external hard drive. But
because that external hard
drive is portable, it is easy for
anyone to take it. So make
sure you password-protect
and encrypt the data stored on
it, using the utilities that come with
most drives today.
❾ Safe Cloud Computing
Although reputable online storage services
protect your security, other sites where
you plant your profile or data may not be
as trustworthy. For example, you can’t
password-protect a document created in
Password-protect or super-encrypt your
docs with such programs as Symantec’s
PGP or TrueCrypt (both free). Both services
scramble and password-protect your data
before it’s saved on the web or even on
your PC, USB flash drive, or external hard
❿ Shop with a Virtual Credit Card
When you shop online using your credit
card number, there is always the risk that
someone could steal it. To play it safe,
you can use a virtual credit card number.
This is a one-time-use number linked to
your actual credit card. After that one use,
you can get a new number through your
bank. Currently Bank of America (www.
bankofamerica.com), CitiCard (credit-
cards.citi.com), and Discover Card (www.
discovercard.com) offer this service. ■
IE9 Tracking Protection
Adobe’s Flash Manager page
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