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.

Encrypt everything When Google learned the NSA was intercepting traffic from its internal networks, the company's answer was simple: encrypt everything. And you should, too. Forcing websites to use encryption whenever possible—with browser plug-ins such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s HTTPS Everywhere, if need be—keeps no-goodniks from swiping your logins and personal information.

Don't stop at websites, though. If you carry personal data on a USB stick, encrypt it with Microsoft’s BitLocker to Go, or create encrypted file containers via the Disk Utility in Mac OS X. Open-source encryption options for Windows include FreeOTFE or DiskCryptor. Encrypt your external hard drives, too—especially your backups.

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