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Adding VPN protection to your iPhone is easier than you think

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Dashlane's built-in VPN makes online security a snap.
Dashlane's built-in VPN makes online security a snap.
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If you’ve ever read our website (hi), you know we’re big fans of virtual private networks. A solid VPN can keep your online activity secure and anonymous by preventing malware and trackers. It also can bypass annoying location restrictions on streaming content. Anytime you use a public Wi-Fi network, you face possible threats to your security online.

Two more video chat apps have eavesdropping problems

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Following the revelation of a Zoom security vulnerability that potentially let hackers break into users’ webcams, similar problems have been found in two other video chat apps.

The conferencing services in question are RingCentral and Zhumu. The flaw means that malicious websites could potentially open up secret video conferences with anyone who has installed the apps.

Don’t be stupid: Avoid this incredibly common (and incredibly risky) mistake

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Don't make this one stupid password mistake. Use Dashlane Password manager instead.
Don't make this one stupid password mistake.
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When it comes to data security, even smart people make this one incredibly stupid mistake: They use the same password on multiple websites. Even if you use (and reuse) a strong, virtually unbreakable password, this all-too-common blunder instantly leaves you vulnerable. As soon as one of the websites you use your password on gets hacked, it’s going to screw up your week.

Luckily this is one headache that’s easy to avoid.

Find the best VPN for Mac and other operating systems

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You know you need to get a VPN, and this ranking site helps you make an informed choice of provider.
You know you need to get a VPN, and this ranking site helps you make an informed choice of provider.
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By now, you ought to know that going online without a VPN is downright irresponsible. There are countless threats to your security and privacy roaming the web, not to mention the irritation of location-based content restrictions. But there are seemingly just as many VPN options to choose from, so where to begin?

Make a New Year’s resolution to be safer online [Deals]

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Utilize Dashlane's advanced features to take control of your online security.
Utilize Dashlane's advanced features to take control of your online security.
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New Year’s resolutions are sure easy to make. But even the healthiest commitments can be hard to keep over time. Luckily, any resolution to be safer online is easy to stick with — when you get the right tool.

The one and only security app you need for your new iPhone, iPad or Mac

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Got a new device? DownloadDashlane best password manager immediately.
Apple is keeping quiet on how many iPhones it sold.
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Nothing feels quite as nice as booting up a brand new device for the first time. But opening up a new iPhone or Mac means reconnecting a lot of sensitive accounts and information. And nothing feels quite as annoying as spending all your time with your new device trying to remember and re-enter all your passwords for every website you visit or app you load.

A password manager so easy, my mom uses it

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My mom, Pauline Kahney, is a new and enthusiastic user of the Dashlane password manager.
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My mom, who is 75, loves her Apple technology. She’s a full-fledged member of the Cult, with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac and Apple TV. She uses them all, all the time, to do everything, just like the rest of us.

But she always had trouble with passwords — at least until I introduced her to Dashlane, the official password manager of Cult of Mac.

In our video below, you can see exactly how easy it was for her to start using Dashlane.

Score top-rated VPN protection for a third the usual price [Deals]

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This top tier VPN offers online anonymity and data security, and high bandwidth on 5 devices at once.
This top-tier VPN offers online anonymity, data security and high bandwidth on five devices at once.
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Online life is risky, with countless threats to our identity and data security. That’s why we’re big advocates of connecting to the internet via a virtual private network, or VPN. So we’re excited to share this deal on a subscription to a top-shelf VPN.

The dark web: Staying safe on the internet you don’t see

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If hackers dump your personal data onto the dark web, you need to know about it. Dashlane Dark Web Monitoring can sound the alarm.
If hackers dump your personal data onto the dark web, you need to know about it.
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On the web you don’t see, hackers constantly upload lists of passwords, usernames, Social Security and phone numbers, addresses and other personal information every day. Do you know if your data is being bought and sold on the dark web? Using a service like Dashlane can give you the answer.

iOS 12 opens new password management possibilities

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A big change in iOS 12 makes password managers like Dashlane even easier to use.
A big change in iOS 12 makes password managers even easier to use.
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One of iOS 12’s most powerful features — a newfound compatibility with password management apps — kind of flew under the radar. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal. In fact, this is a huge step forward for password managers like Dashlane, because it makes them far easier to use on iPhones and iPads.

With the recent Facebook hack compromising the personal data of 50 million users, there’s never been a better time to change all your passwords. And if you’re going to use strong, unique and extremely hard-to-remember passwords for every site you visit or web service you use, you’re going to need industrial-strength password management.