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8 Things This Cybersecurity Expert Says You Should Stop Doing Online

Time to brush up on your cyberhygiene.

In 2021, humanity is waaay more online than we've ever been before. While there are pluses (like the ability to have tacos delivered right to your door), there are also some big minuses — including rising cases of online fraud and scams.

Hacker in a hoodie using a smartphone and laptop

For some pro tips on what NOT to do online, I interviewed Adam Levin. He's a cybersecurity expert, co-founder of, host of the podcast What the Hack, and the author of Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves. Here are eight common things he says you should stop doing online:

1. Avoid oversharing — it can be dangerous, whether your accounts are public or private.

2. Don't shop online with a debit card. Using a credit card offers way more fraud protection.

Woman shopping online on her phone with a credit card

3. And don't shop from new online retailers without doing a little research first.

4. Stop leaving your Venmo transactions set to public.

Person using Venmo on their smartphone

5. And don't put your whole life story on dating apps.

6. Definitely don't give random "employers" your Social Security number.

Person looking for a job online

7. If you get an email from "your bank," give them a call instead of clicking on the links.

8. Finally, if you're not monitoring your credit, the time to start is now.

Person checking their credit online

How do you protect your data online? Share your favorite tips in the comments.

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