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The sign up processes for online banking accounts, new email addresses, or health insurance apps all involve a few extra security measures to protect the precious data inside those accounts. Unfortunately, the security questions they make you answer aren't exactly secure. Your mother's maiden name just won't cut it anymore and, according to the New York Times, might cost you your credit score if someone gains access to your personal information. It's time to strengthen your security questions to keep the bad guys out of your accounts.

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To cleanse your home (or yourself) of spiritual impurities, one might turn to smudging, the ritual involving burning a bundle of sage to ward off negative energy while promoting harmony and well-being. For those using Twitter, that negative energy and malicious intent might just reside in their timeline and @ replies. Given enough time, even your own satirical tweets might be used as fodder to brand you as a miscreant. You can't burn Twitter down (yet), but you can do the next best thing: Scrub your Twitter account clean. Here's how to get rid of all your tweets and start 2018 with a clean 280-character slate.

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Look, I have some harsh news for y'all. We suck at security. We choose terrible passwords, fail to put pin codes on our phones, and don't even think about encryption when using public Wi-Fi.

But that's all going to change, right? We're all going to get better at this stuff, yeah? If you need a hand getting started, and owe your allegiance to the cult of iOS, here's 10 apps that might help.

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Virtual private networks (or VPNs) are great for protecting your privacy and data while you browse the web. They provide increased security on public Wi-Fi networks (coffee shops, airports, etc), and prevent ISPs from collecting personal data, data they want to sell to advertisers. VPNs are also pretty good at letting users circumvent location-based content restrictions put in place by companies like YouTube, Spotify and Netflix. While they're not foolproof, here's how to pick a VPN, and boost your chance of enjoying Game Of Thrones without paying Foxtel a dime.

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Yesterday, one of the best cloud backup services, CrashPlan, announced it was ending support for consumers. CrashPlan for Home will be put to rest on 23 October 2018. While the option to sign up for or renew your CrashPlan for Home subscription is gone, current CrashPlan for Home users will receive an extra 60 days of backup service gratis.

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If there's one thing the 2016 eCensus outage has highlighted, it's that no organisation can take any chances with the privacy, confidentiality and security of the personal information it collects. Unfortunately, it would seem that hundreds of Australian businesses aren't any better than the ABS. A large-scale survey by IT security firm Shred-it revealed accidental data loss by an employee to be of greater concern than deliberate theft or sabotage. Despite this, training and policies relating to employees mishandling confidential information remains almost non-existent in many organisations. This infographic lays out the damaging facts and figures.