A VPN will accomplish a lot of this for you. You can use it on your home network, phones, and just about anything that gets the internet. I agree keeping everything up to date is crucial in keeping yourself safe from malware and other attacks. The biggest problem is with passwords, most won’t remember a complex password that they seen once without writing it down, which has its own set of issues, and if you forget your login to last pass it can take a few steps to get logged back in. I use it myself but it has caused me issues from time to time with logging me out and me having to remember the password or change it to get logged back in.
I found using a VPN keeps you pretty safe online overall. Most people will never have to worry about anything other than malware or a virus. A VPN will keep you hidden from everything even your Internet service provider, it actually goes a step beyond private browsing. You can enter it in your router and it will keep everything hidden that connects to your network. A VPN also protects you on public networks by rerouting the information through the VPN first. Using a VPN will allow you to select which server you connect to which can make your location anywhere in the world if you choose.
Privacy.com and Paypal are both great suggestions for online ordering. The email thing while smart can be confusing to keep up with though, not to mention a lot of companies sell your information. If you have already signed up with Facebook, Twitter, have email and other social media sites, your information is already out there. It’s best just to be smart about it, and not click on links from anything you did not request or if a friend sends you something text or call them and find out if they sent you a link before clicking on it.
It’s important to pay attention to everything you do, without stressing over things. Keep in mind most hackers will never be after you specifically, they will more than likely put out malware or virus looking to see who downloads their links so they can gain access to bank accounts. When ordering from a site you can look at the web address and make sure it has https or the little lock icon before the web address to see if it’s secure. Unless someone specifically has a vendetta against you, then you won’t even make a hackers radar, and let’s face it 99.9% of us won’t make the Government radar because we are the most boring people in the world, we follow the laws and pass background checks. I would be more worried about the information you give out when filling out forms online to sign up for sites, many companies sell that information and it’s already too late for most people because we have done it for years, there’s no taking it back now.