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7 Online Privacy Tools You Should Use

If you're worried about your personal information falling into the wrong hands, these online privacy resources will help you feel more secure.

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Norton Password Generator

Is your password weak? (Check here.) To generate a strong password, with random, unconventional characters and variable cases, try the Norton Password Generator. Then write it down on a piece of paper that you keep away from your computer but somewhere safe; the odds of anyone finding it are lower than a website suffering a security breach.

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Take your security further with Dashlane, which offers a password manager and digital wallet service. Not only does Dashlane create incredibly effective passwords, it fills them in for you as needed behind a very strong layer of encryption. This way, you don’t worry about remembering them, and you don’t worry about them falling into the wrong hands. More: 5 tips to avoid being hacked »

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AVG Free Antivirus

Recommended by editors at PC Magazine and CNET, AVG’s free virus protection software keeps you safe while squashing spyware, malware, or viruses when they show up. It also offers anti-theft options for your smartphone.

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Malware Bytes

For any code that slips through the cracks of your antivirus software, there is Malware Bytes. It searches out malicious programs on your machine and crushes them, ensuring that your personal information doesn’t get captured by the wrong people.

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Apps often use your personal information to create a more convenient experience, yet you might not realize when they access data like your location, your contacts, or your calls. MyPermissions offers an easy way to manage permissions on your apps: who has them, what they are, and how to change or revoke them.

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Adblock Plus

Today’s ads are very sophisticated; many are tracking personal data like your browsing history, location, and other preferences without your being aware of it. Adblock Plus handily eliminates pop-ups and other intrusive ads, and it also helps prevent ads from following certain of your behaviors. It’s compatible with most popular web browsers, both on desktop and phone.

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It used to be tougher to protect your Android phone, and Lookout provided necessities like remote wiping, tracking, and more. Even though Google’s recent Device Manager goes a long way to fixing that, Lookout is still worthwhile for any smartphone, as it protects against viruses and allows easy transfer of vital information (like contacts) to your computer or a new phone.

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