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Boost your digital fitness with a data cleanse

Hello 2018! It’s January, which means that everywhere you turn, you’re bombarded with advice on eating better, improving your mental outlook and whipping your post-holiday-feast bod into shape. Leading a healthier lifestyle is a worthy pursuit, but don’t forget about keeping your online life in shape as well. Here are three things you can do by the end of this month to get your digital fitness on the right track for the rest of the year.

1. Digital fitness starts with a Data Detox

Move over kale smoothie, it’s time for a Data Detox. With high profile data breaches, creepy ads following you around the internet and years of old photos piling up on social media, now is a great time to regain control of your digital fitness. A Data Detox will help you look for signs that you might not be leading a healthy, balanced digital lifestyle. And, it gives you practical advice so you can discover what you share, when you reveal it and to whom, and what it might mean for your life.

Tactical Tech’s Data Detox is an 8-day cleanse with just a small daily time commitment. You’ll finish feeling refreshed and rejuvenated online and IRL.

Get started on your Data Detox »

2. The gifts that keep on tracking

More connected toys and gifts were given this year than ever before, which ushers in a whole new set of privacy and security concerns. Could that new toy listen to your family? Does your new thermostat track when you are home and when you’re not? And what happens with the information being gathered?

Because boxes don’t come marked *Privacy Not Included, it’s hard to know if you could be spied on or tracked with the plethora of new connected products. It’s up to you to do your own research, which, let’s be honest, can be so confusing and time consuming that you just skip it. We’ve made it a little easier for you with our guide for connected toys and gifts. Check to see if any of your gifts are in there, and find out what you can do to better protect your privacy and boost your digital fitness.

Read the *Privacy Not Included guide »

3. Clean up your passwords

Have you been using the same old password since Hootie and the Blowfish last had a top 10 hit? Perhaps you’ve been reusing passwords across multiple accounts. Or maybe you’ve relied on a short, sweet and surprisingly popular password, like password, 123456, qwerty or master?

Passwords are the key to unlocking your online accounts, and it’s up to you to maintain them and your digital fitness. There’s no time like the present to clean up your password act. Here are some tips:

  • Use random passwords, and use a different password for every site
  • Use a password manager to make creating and remembering passwords easier
  • Make your answers to security questions just as strong as your passwords
  • Use “two-factor authentication” wherever you can
  • Pay attention to the browser’s security signals, and be suspicious

Get the full scoop in our Guide to Safer Logins »

 

26 comments on “Boost your digital fitness with a data cleanse”

  1. Ron Reece wrote on

    When I saw that you were going to update Firefox I noticed that you had indicated that you were going to have a service that would be similar to Google’s voice-activated search.
    At the present time, I have not seen any service that would use a voice-activated search system. Are you still planning to offer such service?
    I am a senior citizen (80 years old) with limited vision having a voice search system is very beneficial, especially if your typing is also somewhat limited.

    When you do start having a voice search system.I will start using Firefox as my main default search system.

    Keep up the GOOD work.

    Thanks again,

    Ron

    1. Nathan Laha wrote on

      I would recommend looking into an android tablet/phone, I use Firefox on my LG V20 and it seems they have implemented this feature on the mobile version of Firefox. It wouldn’t be very practical for them to do it on desktop as there are already software programs available that allow you to control more than just your browser with your voice. Also, while it is admittedly not as good as the google voice engine, there is Cortana on Windows 10 that is good if you just want to make some quick searches…

      – Nathan

  2. Robert R Blain wrote on

    I must say, the Mozilla group are still the best browser builders, and you keep us up to date with the latest updates. Thank you so much for all the skills you bring to the table…
    I have donated in the past and will in the future, because of your products and independence…
    Bob

  3. Vlatko Zimmer wrote on

    Poštovani, Samo su dva dana kako sam ponovo instalirao Firefox, ne mogu reći nešto posebno, problem mi je što ne mogu instalirati na na alatnu traku ili tu negdje prevodilicu, vjerojatno, nisam spretan postaviti na alatnu traku prečac, imam problem kad je duži tekst. To je jedini razlog što neću moći koristiti tražilicu. Hi-Vlatko

  4. Dr A GASPAR RAJA Fernando wrote on

    Good

  5. Kevin Johnson wrote on

    I have signed up and down loaded Mozzila Firefox but I can’t tell if it is working.

    1. Bill Dixon wrote on

      Me too!

      1. Michael Hogan wrote on

        How do I know that I have downloaded all the advantages offered by Mozzila Firefox?

  6. Anne Rodgers wrote on

    I love Firefox. However, when I try to do on-line pictures with places like Walgreen’s & CVS – I can’t make the website work for specialty pictures because their menu is out of Firefox’s box. I can see it but I can’t pull it over. I have to use a different search engine which is an unhappy thing. Could you please fix that for Firefox? Thank you.

    1. M.J. Kelly wrote on

      Hi Anne, maybe this will help: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/fix-problems-images-not-show

  7. Garry Richie wrote on

    It is great

  8. irwin r harlton wrote on

    how do I get rid of bing, search engine?

    1. M.J. Kelly wrote on

      Here’s how to add or remove a search engine from Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-or-remove-search-engine-firefox

  9. Zibedan wrote on

    You are right Mozilla. I started 2018 with a nice cleanse: BY DITCHING FIREFOX due to it supporting DRMs, privacy stealing JavaScripts, HTML5 extravaganza and even WebAssembly.

    Long Live Brave Browser

  10. Rafael wrote on

    It feels quite smooth-going. I would say so far that is working faster than all its competitors.

  11. Edward Dingledy wrote on

    Most times when I go to a new tab, the wi fi disconnects and I get the message “signal lost”. Any thoughts why this constantly happens. Can it be the browser?

    1. M.J. Kelly wrote on

      Doesn’t sound like a browser issue, but try asking your question here, and someone may be able to help you.

  12. Philip freeland wrote on

    It keeps cutting out when i am visiting FB sites and when I click return it takes me way back to signing in to my e-mail account regular pain in the a++ also for sme reason it must be trying to sign me into Firefox because the first site that opens is a blue one and right in the middle is a box saying it can’t sign me in so to click the ok in the box and then every thing goes back to normal. it opens where I can put in my Password

    1. M.J. Kelly wrote on

      Maybe this support article will help: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/fix-problems-facebook-games-chat-and-more

      If not, ask your question here, and someone will try to help you.

  13. Peter Gaibisels wrote on

    Thanks for raising my awareness. Thank you also for providing me with a toolbox of action steps to clean up my digital lifestyle.

  14. Marcia in MI. wrote on

    Question. All of a sudden my computer is freezing and then this error note comes up.
    DPC_Watchdog_Violation. Not blaming just want to know what you know of it, if anything.
    Thanks

    1. M.J. Kelly wrote on

      Sounds like a Windows error. I’d check with Microsoft. Here’s a start: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance-winpc/dpcwatchdogviolation-error-on-windows-10/bf02dc73-0dc7-4499-bb41-8903709bdad8

  15. Jay Galonska wrote on

    To say that I am in love with Firefox is an understatement to say the least. Job well done to the entire development team. I am looking forward to future updates, and useful add-ons that become available. I have noticed that I am getting way to many advertisments when I first start up my Firefox. How can I block this?

  16. Kathy wrote on

    only problem is I am overwhelmed. I’ve tried doing what you say. Looks like I have to take the computer to a computer shop. I can’t get it done.
    More $ spent that I don’t have.

  17. Ocie Hudson wrote on

    During the IRL podcast “Digital Overload” (Episode 9), a participant made the following remark:

    “Heather Schwedel: Let me see. I was just looking at Kanye West’s quote. He once tweeted, ‘I got rid of my phone so I can have air to create.’ I think that just sounds ridiculous. I mean, it sounds like what world do you live in where you can get rid of your phone? It just reminds us of the space between them and us.”

    It might sound “ridiculous” to Ms. Schwedel, but Kanye West’s remark was no doubt quite true. What world would you live in where you _can_ get rid of your phone? The world in which we lived before the cellular telephone was invented and a system for using them was constructed, of course. Personally, I lived in that world, and I surmise that Mr. West lived in that world, too — a world in which he had “air to create”. What he said is not ridiculous at all, it is the voice of experience.

    But perhaps her most interesting remark is the last statement. What is wrong with reminding us that notable creators and performing artists do live a life that is not like the lives that we live, unless we are among them? Is that not how they do for us what we value? It doesn’t say that they do not value what _we_ do. What that remark truly reveals is that some of us do very little of any value to anyone at all, and live life vicariously through the lives of those who are “celebrities”. If you are one of those folks, then please change _your_ life for the better, if and when and while you can.

  18. Andrew Sleeth wrote on

    On tip 3, I’d suggest moving password managers to the top of the list. I’ve been using a password utility for years now and can’t overstate how it revolutionized my IT life — not just with respect to passwords, but for managing any and every sort of IT account imaginable, both personal and professional. They even eliminate the need to memorize responses to challenge questions, or the necessity that answers make logical sense or even be restricted to words. And of course, best of all, password utilities pretty much spell an end to typing out all this stuff. Granted, this makes them largely useless for anyone whose chief item of hardware is a mobile phone … but then, that doesn’t describe my usage.

    Yes, it’s true there are examples in the literature of computer scientists and mathematicians who’ve worked on methods for predicting stochastic password generation with some degree of success. But the extenuating factors of time, expertise, and computing resources necessarily limit the pragmatic deployment of those techniques among run-of-the-mill hackers.

    Incidentally, if you don’t notice that ads creepily follow you around on the internet, that might be a good sign you’ve beat the system. It’s shows you not only don’t click on them, but also that you’re not influenced by them.