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Protecting Yourself Online: A Quick Guide on Safely Navigating the Internet for Non-Techie Users

Protecting Yourself Online: A Quick Guide on Safely Navigating the Internet for Non-Techie Users

Автором Andrew J. Carey

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Protecting Yourself Online: A Quick Guide on Safely Navigating the Internet for Non-Techie Users

Автором Andrew J. Carey

101 pages
44 minutes
May 18, 2020


A short guide for less tech-savvy users and older users on how to protect your information and identity online. Written in easy-to-understand language, this book covers topics including: social engineering, storing and using strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, web browser security, and securely using social media.

May 18, 2020

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Software developer/architect with over 20 years industry experience. In my spare time I write, watch soccer, and do dad and husband stuff in California.

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Protecting Yourself Online - Andrew J. Carey

Copyright © 2020 by Andrew J. Carey.

All rights reserved.

Book version 1.7.2

May 2020

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author. The only exception is by a reviewer, who may quote short excerpts in a published review.

Self-published by the author. Author can be contacted via Twitter at: @ACarey999

ISBN: 9780463448748


The information presented herein represents the views and opinions of the author as of the date of publication. This book is presented for informational purposes only. Due to the rate and nature of the subject matter covered in this book, the author reserves the right to alter and update his opinions and its contents based on new conditions. While every attempt has been made to verify the information in this book, neither the author nor his affiliates/partners nor the publishers nor distributors assume any responsibility for errors, inaccuracies, or omissions.

Screenshots courtesy of Google LLC, Microsoft Corporation, and the Mozilla Corporation.

Cover image courtesy of Lisa Fotios, via Pexels.com.

About the Author

Andrew J. Carey is a software developer and a software architect. He has over 20 years experience in the software development industry, including experience and training in secure programming and information security topics. He lives in California with his family.

Table of Contents


Social Engineering


Phone Calls

Letters and Faxes

Reacting to Social Engineering

Post-Hack Advice

Combating Persistent Hack Attempts

Section Review

Multi-Factor Authentication

What is Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication Examples

Section Review


Password Best Practices

Lost Password Retrieval

Section Review

Anti-Malware and Firewalls

Anti-Virus versus Anti-Malware

Choosing Anti-Malware Software


Section Review

Personal Computer Maintenance

How a Computer Works

Operating System Patches

Evergreen Software

Updating Older Operating Systems

Section Review

Routers and Modems

Router Overview

Modem Overview

Home Network Setup

Upgrading your Router or Modem

Finding a New Router or Modem

Router Security Tips

Section Review

Web Browser Security

Keeping your Web Browser up-to-date

Browser Sessions

Web Browser Add-ons and Extensions

Web Protocols

Digital Certificates

Extended Validation Certificates

Auto-fill Features

Section Review

Social Media

Loss of Control over Data

Privacy Settings

Shared Credentials and Privacy Concerns

Social Media Recommendations

Section Review

Miscellaneous Security Tips

Multiple Email Accounts

Online Banking Systems

Simplifying your Finances

The Internet of Things

Section Review

Other Terminology







The Cloud


The Dark Net

The Deep Web




Open Source






In today’s day and age, online fraud and information theft has become an unfortunately common occurrence. This is largely due to the convenience and ubiquitous nature of the Internet, which makes communications and self-service extremely easy.

Becoming the victim of data theft and asset losses can be very traumatic. However, its worth remembering that it is not a sign of gullibility or stupidity. Even the most savvy and smart consumer can fall victim to the despicable acts of online attackers. In fact, almost everyone has fallen foul of online scammers in one way or another. Additionally, while the Internet can seem scary and dangerous, there are many good and easy ways to protect yourself and your information.

The goal of this short book is to provide guidance to you, the reader. Online consumer protection is a constantly shifting field, and some information within this book will fall out of relevance over time. But the overall goal is to relay practical time-tested steps that will

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