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Online security

How do I manage my online privacy?

google myselfEverything we've covered can help you maintain your online privacy. However, since you can never be too safe, here are some general online privacy guidelines you should be aware of:

Google your name to see what others can find out about you. I found way too many pictures of me out there

  • Change your passwords often: Having to remember ever-changing passwords can be difficult. However, if you change your passwords periodically, you limit the ability for someone to crack them.

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How do I manage cookies?

Cookies are small text files that store information about your browsing session. Whenever you shop online and use a shopping cart, you're taking advantage of cookies. However, some third-party advertisers use cookies to track your online behavior in an effort to target ads specifically based on your online habits. Your iOS device doesn't accept third-party cookies by default, but you can still customize Safari to accept cookies when you want them. Here's how:


  1. Open Settings >Safari and tap on Accept Cookies.
  2. Choose when you want Safari to accept cookies.

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How do I clear my history?

Clear HistoryFollow these steps to wipe clean your browser's memory of every site you've ever visited:

  1. Open Settings and tap on Safari.
  2. Scroll down to the Security section.
  3. Tap on Clear History, and tap on Clear History again when the device asks to confirm.


Wipe your browser's memory of sites you've visited by clearing the History.

Note that you can also clear your Cookies and Cache.


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How do I protect myself from fraudulent websites?

How do I protect myself from fraudulent websites?

Phishing site warningThere are many sites online trying to trick you into submitting your personal information. Most of the time they re-create the look and feel of a reputable site such as a bank, company, PayPal, Facebook, eBay, and other well-known sites. The practice is known as Phishing, and the Web addresses are usually official-sounding variations of the site they are imitating (for example, www.paypal-fraud-division-claim.com).


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How do I use JavaScript?

Turn JavaScript On or OffJavaScript is a programming language that enables many website features. Some programmers, however, can use this language with bad intentions and wreak havoc on those unfortunate enough to visit their site. Your device supports JavaScript as a default setting, but you can turn it off if you know you're going to visit suspicious websites. Here's how:

  1. Open Settings>Safari.
  2. 
Slide the JavaScript feature to the OFF position.
  3. Turn it back on when you're finished visiting suspicious sites.

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How do I manage security settings in Safari?

The Internet can be a dangerous ocean to navigate without a safe ship. For a pleasant journey, you need to understand your security settings.


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Online Security: Introduction

Browsing the Web on your iOS device is pretty easy. However, danger lurks out there, and if you aren't careful, you can end up scammed, impersonated, cheated, and otherwise compromised. Take advantage of the security features built into iOS. In the next few pages, we'll show you how to use these features (along with your common sense) to create a safe online experience.


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