Defend Your Money with These 5 Online Security Tips

You’re working hard to make money online with your various online ventures. Do you know who else is working hard to make money online? Hackers!

Ok, that may be an overstatement, they don’t really work that hard. Most are just small time scammers who stumble into big time luck.

Defend Your Money with These 5 Online Security Tips

Don’t be that big time luck. Follow the five online security tips I present here and keep the money you make…yours!

Trust your specialists

A mistake that too many companies make is hiring specialist companies to handle an aspect of their online security, like customer history, credit cards, bank accounts of the business, and other money related data points, only to also store that information themselves.

This type of dual data storage creates a second, and knowing most businesses, weaker entry point for hackers. If you do have some data storage needs that you’re not trusting to a specialist, be sure to keep them offsite on a device that does not connect to the internet.

Encrypt any data that you do store

This follows on the point above. There are many types of storage options, all of them can be encrypted for further protection:

  • Portable disk drive
  • USB
  • SD card
  • Tablet
  • Smartphone
  • Laptop

Even if I did not list it here, if it’s digital you can encrypt it. If you’re not giving this to your customers, you’re risking their money just as well as yours.

For your laptop and desktop, follow the links to see how you can encrypt part, or all, of your Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux operating systems. These are features built into your operating system at no charge – use them and protect your money!

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Use VPNs for remote access and offices

If you’re making money online, chances are good that you either have a mobile office, or employees who work remotely. The first VPNs (virtual private networks, an encrypted form of communication over phones and the internet) were set up years ago by large corporations that wanted to keep their confidential information away from prying eyes. These were costly, but did a great job.

VPNs are now available to the smallest of online businesses at an affordable price. You can read more about great VPN providers over on the website I write for, look in my author profile for the link. We review 10 of the best VPN providers, costs vary from $3 – $10 per month. Not bad for secure transactions and communications!

Sign up for a password manager

There are two types of passwords:

  1. The ones which you can remember: they are easy to steal.
  2. The ones that you can’t remember: they are hard to steal.

Why is this? Because passwords that you can remember are often simple and easy for hackers to just guess. You’d be shocked to know how many people still use ‘password’ as their password…

Fortunately, there are tools know as password managers out there. They will help you create strong passwords, that hackers can’t guess, and store them for you. Most will auto fill the passwords as well so all you have to do is click ‘sign in’ and your online accounts will be secure.

Use two step authentication

Two step authentication works by connecting your password with your phone. Once you enable two-step authentication, you will enter your login details as normal. Then a pop up window will come up asking you for a code. This code will be sent to your phone via SMS, you enter that code and you’re good to proceed.

Online businesses will typically find the following websites with two-step authentication valuable:

  • PayPal
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Google
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • GoDaddy
  • HootSuite
  • WordPress
  • Evernote

It isn’t the beginning and ending of online security, but it is an added layer of protection for your most sensitive data, clients, and money.

These online security tips are easy to follow

Making money online is lucrative, so is exploiting those who make it. Stop those hackers who would exploit you by using the online security tips above. Either pick and choose what will work for you best, or do all of them for maximum protection of your money and online assets.

The last two points, and the first one, won’t cost you any additional money. The second point, on encryption programs, may cost you nothing at all, depending on whether or not you buy a separate device to store data. A VPN service will encrypt everything you do online for as little as $3/month!

You don’t need an expensive IT team to protect the money you are making online – just a few dollars and a bit of extra time spent setting up these online security tips!

This Guest Post is written by: Marcus, he is the security and online privacy writer over on the Best VPN Providers blog. He writes about internet security issues, occasionally goes on rants about the government, but usually doesn’t go too far off the rails…usually. If you would like to guest post at RealTimeTricks, check our guest posting guidelines. Photo Credit.

How To: Delete All Messages in Facebook Instantly

Have you ever had thought of how I’ll delete all messages in Facebook, is there a way I can do that quickly without wasting loads of time doing manually? If not then you might not have yet came to a situation where you required deleting all messages you have stored in Facebook.

Many of us have scratched their heads saying, how helpful it would have been if Facebook have added delete all messages in one click button. But unfortunately, Facebook hasn’t yet added this button so to do that we can take helpful of this chrome extension – Facebook Fast Delete Messages.

How Facebook Fast Delete Messages Extension Works

Use the above link to install Facebook Fast Delete Messages extension for chrome. Once this little chrome extension gets installed you will see it in this way on your screen:

 delete all messages in facebook

As I have already written Facebook does not give us delete all messages in one click button. And to delete messages we have to do it individually – one by one, But now as you can see this little extension has added a button in Facebook messages page that delete Facebook messages quickly in a single click.

Now, as you can see this extension has added a Delete All button at the top of the Facebook messages page. Clicking on that button you can clear all the messages you have in your inbox deleted forever (remember it won’t ask you for any confirmation so beware clicking), including that, you can also do it individually by clicking on the red-crossed button which have also been came with that little extension without leaving the page.

Everything about this extension is good except the confirmation message they should have added in Delete All button. If someone wishes to check the extension to write a review on it, he’ll get his entire conversation delete in an eye-blink.

I would recommend my readers to use this chrome extension to save sometime out. Do share your views in comments.

Get this extension here – Facebook Fast Delete Messages.

Update: Facebook has now update Facebook Messages system. This extension is no more working with new layout.

How to Add Favicon in Google Search Result

Similar to Google Authorship, Favicon in Google Search gives the search result a new easy to recognize look. It looks so boring to find the exact website we are looking for in that crowded search result, the only thing makes it look handy is Google Authorship but unfortunately only few websites got the authorship and rest are still not using it, so in this case Favicon in Google Search gives a much more different and easy to recognize look, which appears next to search result and makes your search experience worth.

Add Favicon in Google Search Result

To make your Google Search experience comfortable in Chrome, you need to install an extension called Faviconize Google, this extension not only makes your Google Search experience handy but also save your time in finding the exact search term – which comes after lot of research.

This little extension takes very small space in your computer’s memory in order to install, and doesn’t come with any settings or options button, as it works automatically right after it get install. You will find the Favicon, targeted by the website, next to the each entry on Google Search result, but it won’t be visible for few websites as they are not provided by the them.

favicon in google search

All you need to do is visit the link mentioned above and hit the button “Add to Chrome” it will get install in next few seconds and start showing Favicon in Google Search.

I wish Google itself integrate this feature in its next update, as it helps in identifying the exact result in less time, but for now this extension is worth to use. I’ve tried it and with my experience would recommend each and every reader of this blog to use this extension in their Google Chrome browser.

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