In Pictures: 10 critical security habits you should be doing (but aren't)

Staying safe these digital days takes more than antivirus. Here are 10 fundamental things you do to protect your PC and other devices.

Create your own private Internet tunnel Most public, shared Wi-Fi networks are wide-open. A hacker equipped with a few trivial programs can snag your online traffic as it flies by.

This is mitigated somewhat by logging into websites using HTTPS, but it’s not a perfect solution. Ideally, you should be using a virtual private network to create an encrypted tunnel between your device and the Internet. There are free options from companies such as Hide My Ass, Hotspot Shield, and Tunnel Bear, but a paid VPN is the better option if at all possible. A year of Hide My Ass is just $60 and covers you across PCs and mobile devices.

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