Yesterday wasn’t a good day for internet privacy regulation.

Republican senators made the decision to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for consumers in the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration. In laymen’s terms the Senate voted to make it easier for ISPs like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T to track and share sensitive information about their customers without permission. This puts people at risk of increased identity theft, data breach, and financial fraud.

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 17.31.26Video Credit:The Senate just voted to undo landmark rules covering your Internet privacy,” The Washington Post

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:

Step 1: Use a VPN like TunnelBear or Cloak. VPNs hide your IP address and encrypt your traffic across the web to keep you safe.

Step 2: Use HTTPS everywhere (as opposed to regular HTTP).

Step 3: Use a tool like Micro Snitch to protect your private data from being sent out, and Snoopie, which shows you who’s watching you across the web. 🐶

Step 4: Use secure mail clients like Hop Encrypted Email or ProtonMail.

Step 5: Use a password manager, enable two-factor authentication, and share with a friend the Don’t Get Hacked collection.

What do you think of this decision to repeal internet privacy rules? Tell us in the comments!

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