Edward Tay
5 min readAug 23, 2018


5 steps to stay safe online

Photo by Josh Edgoose on Unsplash

In this article I’d like to give you a few simple tips of what you can do to be more safe online. To protect yourself, your family and your friends.

I’ll try to keep it simple, no technical bullshit and we try to not go down the paranoid rabbit hole too much. 🐰

1. Enabled 2-steps authentification

Two step or two factor authentification simply just ads another layer of security on top of the service you’re using, for example your E-Mail account.

Basically how it works is that you need two pieces of the puzzle in order to access your account, instead of just one which is your password. As an Example: After entering your password, you need to enter a code that will get send to your phone. This code is usually only valid for a couple seconds.

So in order to access your account, someone would need to have your password plus access to your phone. In some cases this temporary code is generated by an app that you install, or it can even be a little device, but most online services rely on connecting your phone number.

2. VPN service

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3. Password manager

Use it not only to store a DIFFERENT password for each service you use, but also use it to generate passwords that are long and complicated.

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Use this premium app to store and auto-fill usernames and passwords for all your online accounts. Just remember one master password, and let Password Boss do the rest. This means you’ll always be using strong passwords composed of randomized character strings, for maximum security and peace-of-mind.

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4. Encrypted apps / email

The majority of our communication either happens through networks that don’t pay much attention to encryption, or it happens on platforms that are famous for giving away private information to the government and advertisers.

For example: We all know that using Facebook or Google products means that we knowingly share our private thoughts & conversations on these networks. Generally there is nothing wrong with this, as long as we’re aware that this is the case.

However, sometimes there are conversations that shouldn’t be shared via email, or via Facebook’s Messenger service. For these cases there is are apps like Signal.

Next, I’ll recommend securing your email communications with ProtonMail.

5. Cover your cameras

Most people think it’s crazy that there is a camera on each street corner, but at the same time they point a camera at themselves almost around the clock with their front facing camera on their phone.

Every time you look into your phone, you’re pointing a camera straight at your face without even really realizing it. And with two cameras on your phone, you even point one at your surroundings. The same goes for the camera on your Macbook, or any laptop for that matter.

People think the camera is only on when the little LED light is lightning up.

No no no. Fun fact, it’s software that is telling the camera to turn on the LED. It’s a feature, not a rule. Which means, the camera can be turned on and can be used without you even knowing.

Protect yourself from people spying on you with this.