The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online

The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online

by Violet Blue
The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online

The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online

by Violet Blue


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The whirlwind of social media, online dating, and mobile apps can make life a dream—or a nightmare. For every trustworthy website, there are countless jerks, bullies, and scam artists who want to harvest your personal information for their own purposes. But you can fight back, right now.

In The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy, award-winning author and investigative journalist Violet Blue shows you how women are targeted online and how to keep yourself safe. Blue’s practical, user-friendly advice will teach you how to:
–Delete personal content from websites
–Use website and browser privacy controls effectively
–Recover from and prevent identity theft
–Figure out where the law protects you—and where it doesn’t
–Set up safe online profiles
–Remove yourself from people-finder websites

Even if your privacy has already been compromised, don’t panic. It’s not too late to take control. Let The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy help you cut through the confusion and start protecting your online life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593276485
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,137,355
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Violet Blue is an investigative tech reporter for ZDNet, CNET, Engadget, and CBS News, and an award-winning sex writer and columnist. She is also a member of the Internet Press Guild and an advisor for Without My Consent. She currently maintains a sexuality blog at and can be found on Twitter, @violetblue.

Table of Contents

1 Get smart 1

Take the Online Privacy Test 4

Eight Privacy Tips to Use Right Now 4

Targets and Nontargets 6

Losing Your Privacy 8

Ways You Can Lose Your Privacy 9

Protect Yourself Right Now 11

Tape Over Your Webcam 11

Lock Your Phone, Computer, and Tablet 12

Do a Privacy Check-Up 13

Don't Email Your ID 13

Use a Password Manager and Install an Antitheft App 14

Be the Firewall 14

2 But it's just my phone number 17

You Control What You Share 17

Private Spaces and Activities 18

Lock Down Your Personally Identifying Information 21

Red Alert List 22

Yellow Alert List 23

Green List 24

Information-Sharing Guidelines 25

He Said, She Said 26

Worst-Case Scenario 28

3 You got hacked 31

One Compromised Account to Rule Them All 32

What Honan Did Wrong 33

Hack-Proof Your Life 34

Make Your Address Hard to Find 34

Don't Link Major Accounts 34

Don't Use One Service for Everything 35

Back Up Your Everything: Your Contacts, Your Files, Your Photos 35

Encrypt Your Computer's Hard Drive 36

What to Do When You've Been Attacked 36

Recover Your Accounts and Data 38

When a Service Gets Hacked 40

If Your Financial Information May Have Been

Exposed in a Data Breach 41

How to Change Your Email Address 43

Choose a New Home 44

Set Up Forwarding 45

Move In 46

Update Your Accounts 47

Tell Everyone 47

4 Female trouble 49

Recovering from Harassment 50

When Will It Stop? 53

Staying Strong 54

Fighting Back 56

Navigating the Legal System 56

Getting a Restraining Order 58

Getting Your Private Photos Offline 59

Doing It Yourself 60

If You're a Minor 63

Outsourcing the Work 64

Preventative Maintenance 66

5 Identity theft 69

Signs of Identity Theft 70

Run, Don't Walk 72

Place a Fraud Alert 72

Order Free Credit Reports 73

File an Identity Theft Report 73

Contact the IRS 73

Alert Businesses 73

Don't Let It Happen to You 74

Prevent Identity Theft 74

Avoid Phishing Attacks 75

If Your Phone or Computer Is Stolen 77

Install an Antitheft Tracking App 77

Permanently Delete Information from Your Device 78

6 How to share 81

Social Media Checklist 82

Sharing Only What You Want 83

Friending 85

But I Can't Give Up Facebook (or Instagram, or Twitter, or FourSquare, or…) 86

Quit Humping My Leg, Facebook 87

Location Information in Photos 89

Be Smart About Checking In 89

Controlling What You Share with Google and Google+ 89

Managing Your Google+ Profile 90

Locking Down the Privacy Settings on Your New Phone 91

Safely Disposing of Old Devices 92

7 People-search websites 95

But I'm Not That Interesting 96

The Dangers Lurking in People-Finder Sites 98

How People-Finder Sites Get Your Information 99

It Sounds Like There's Nothing I Can Do, So Why Do Anything? 100

8 Dating and sexytime 103

Make a Smart Dating Profile 104

Screen Out Scammers and Stalkers 106

Make the Internet Wear a Condom 107

Private Time Online: Browsing Privately and Securing Your Sensitive Information 108

Search Engine Creep 109

Cookies 110

Leave No Trace 111

Keep Your Sensitive Files Private 111

Erase Files Completely 111

Make Your Browser Private 112

Do Not Track 113

Private Browsing 114

How to Tell If Someone Was on Your Computer 115

9 Ninja tricks 119

Ninja Your Credit Cards 120

Ninja Move: Freeze Your Credit 121

Stealth Out Your Mailing Address 122

Stealth Out Your Phone Number 123

Ninja Tricks: Encrypt Your Private Communication 123

Protecting Your Email 124

Keeping Your Chats Private 126

Encrypting Your Internet Activity 126

Ninja Choke Hold: Strong, Easy Privacy Apps 127

Ninja Your IP Address 128

Use Tor 128

Use a VPN 129

Get Hard-core: Make a Data Silo 130

10 I hate passwords 133

How People Steal Passwords 134

But I Have to Share My Password 135

Password Fu 137

Resources 141

Index 155

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