Law Ruler April 2024


It’s Wi-Fi – Keep It Clean

Do you prefer to use a public toilet or a home-based one? When you have to, you can use the public one—but really, you try to touch as little of it as possible, right? Well, that's exactly how you should feel about your equipment when out and about “in public.” You should want it to touch as little “public” anything as possible—including limiting the number of web pages you visit. Every time you visit a website, almost invariably bits of code, cookies and digital flotsam and jetsam are exchanged and sometimes left behind. Over time, this electronic crap can bog down your equipment—slowing it down significantly. It can even contain malicious code that does everything from hogging resources, to logging all keystrokes, to whatever a coder can conceive and get code to do. And all you did was visit one website or, sadly, incorrectly type the url of a site you visit frequently. You never know. Yes, web surfing is that scary. Now that I have your attention, here are my top 10 quick digital security do's ...

Originally published May 23, 2012
Last updated October 16, 2018
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