5 practices of the paranoid (we mean secure) PC user

Getting a little sloppy with your security? Time to shape up. Practice these five habits to protect your data at home, in the office and out in the world.

A paranoid user with a laptop computer looks around suspiciously. [credit: Thinkstock]
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We know how it goes: You mean to practice safe computing habits, really you do. But when you fire up your computer, you just want to get stuff done -- and that's when even savvy users begin to cut security corners.

We'd all do well to take a lesson from truly paranoid PC users, who don't let impatience or laziness stand in the way of protecting their data. Let's take a look at some of their security habits that you may want to practice regularly.

After all, staying safe online doesn't have to be onerous or time-consuming. Invest an hour or two this weekend to put a few safeguards in place, consciously start to practice a few good habits -- and before you know it, your good intentions will become a daily reality.

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