The online world is a scary place -- viruses and malware that steal information make their way onto computers, and hackers hijack devices and demand a ransom to get back stored information. There are safe ways to be online, and security experts say a combination of safe behavior and products help keep users protected.
Federal regulations designed to give you more control over your web browsing history and other personal information may soon be eliminated. There are steps you can take to protect yourself - but you'll have to do more than set your browser to private mode.
Leslie shares tips for avoiding identity theft in her latest piece for The Smarter Investor blog on U.S. News & World Report. She suggests filing your income tax returns as soon as possible, using strong passwords and security software, as well as learning to recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening calls and texts.