Protect Yourself

Whether your healthcare providers scored in the top or bottom of our rankings,
you can take steps to protect yourself online.


Learn More Below  


Use a Safer Web Browser

Browsers like Internet Explorer aren't very secure, and can put your private data at risk. (Don't know what browser you're using? You can click here to find out.)

Google's Chrome browser is extremely secure and using it can be an important step in protecting yourself online. Chrome includes security features like sandboxing that help keep your secrets safe.

Google Chrome

Learn About Phishing

Some attackers might try to steal your password by sending you emails designed to look like they're from your bank, employer, or a popular website.

You should be very suspicious about emails asking for your password and make sure to enter your passwords only on sites starting with https://


Turn on Two-Factor

If you've learned about phishing above, you know the only  fool-proof protection from phishing is two-factor security. That's why many institutions like banks require two-factor for every employee.

Luckily, many online services let you enable two-factor for your personal accounts. Start by enabling two-factor security at one of these popular sites.


Check a Site's HTTPS Configuration

If your hospital, medical center, or other provider's site uses https:// that's a great first step! But that doesn't mean they're safe from Heartbleed or POODLE.

You can check their https:// configuration below, by using Qualys SSL Labs — one of the many scores we include in our security & privacy rankings:

https://

Ask Your Healthcare Provider

Is your healthcare provider not using https:// for their sites? That means you have no privacy when searching for your medical concerns! Your employer, internet provider, or neighbor on your WiFi can easily see whatever you're looking for.

Ask your healthcare provider to protect your privacy by enabling https:// for all their sites.

Don't just stop with your doctors — Is your work e-mail missing two-factor? Ask them why. Is your IT department still using Internet Explorer? Ask why they haven't offered a more secure option.




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