things are getting sketchy out there. we are actively being targeted profiled and exploited by ctr shills and govt/alphabet agencies spreading disinfo and malware. this should be obvious by now but always be cautious of zips, pdf's, strange links, etc. even archive.is isn't safe anymore. understand that some of these files may be infested with advanced malware that is undetectable to a/v software. use a vpn/proxy and avoid opening/running suspicious files. protect yourself.
ditch windows, use linux. if you can't do that at least set up a linux vm and browse from that. virtualbox is a free download. for chrome people i suggest iridium browser with ublock origin, https everywhere, webrtc network limiter, canvasfingerprintblock, and scriptsafe. turn on all the optional security settings and filters and only allow scripts to run on sites you trust. understand that many of these sites are now using cloudflare (voat, slimg, 8ch, archive.is, etc) and so you aren't private even when using ssl because cloudflare does mitm and decrypts your traffic. is it highly likely the nsa and friends has direct access to the cloudflare cdn and places like archive.is. post any other suggestions for secure software, vpns, proxies, opsec, etc. let's help make sure voat users are as safe as they can be.