Pick one! Pick several! Just…something!

But seriously, read through. It also gives you an idea of the “state of the union”… where we are online. And there are some really good tips in here.  Plus they do start off with a top ten and then go from there.

If a Top-152 list sounds a bit much, the Google analysts agreed. They hope their fellow experts will pare down the list to something concise over time.

“It’s understandable if users are confused about what to do; even experts, as a field, don’t seem to agree,” wrote senior user experience researcher Robert W. Reeder, software engineer Iulia Ion, and security and privacy user-experience team leader Sunny Consolvo, all of Google.

“Given our finding of a diverse range of advice, all of which is considered important by at least some experts, it might be the case that the security space is simply too complex for a small set of consistent advice to adequately protect the general user population. Perhaps advice communication efforts should focus not on communicating the same advice consistently to everyone, but on identifying particular audiences and customizing advice for each audience,” they wrote in a new study in the September/October 2017 issue of IEEE Security & Privacy.

The reason for such a huge list is that experts couldn’t agree on exactly how a security measure should be carried out—such as writing down passwords versus not writing them down, not clicking on certain email links vs not clicking any at all.

Here’s the top ten:

152 Simple Steps to Stay Safe Online


How to stay safe online: “152 Simple Steps” from Google survey of experts

How to stay safe online: “152 Simple Steps” from Google survey of experts

A Google team polls experts in its Google Online Security Blog and finds diverse advice. Here’s their “152 Simple Steps to Stay Safe Online: Security Advice for Non-Tech-Savvy Users.” If that seems too many, it’s because experts can’t agree on how to prioritize anti-hack tips in new research for IEEE Computer Society.

Source: publications.computer.org/security-and-privacy/2017/12/12/expert-online-security-advice-for-non-tech-savvy-users/

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