Internet is great fun but we all need to use internet safely. Internet is a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities. It consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols. It includes the websites you visit, emails you send and information you submit to online services. Sending an email contributes to your active digital footprint, since you expect the data to be seen and/or saved by another person.
Internet safety tips:
Create a complex password:
Creating unique and complex password is the best way to keep your account/personal and financial information safe. This is that one database can reveal thousands of user passwords. All we can do is to use a password manager to help you create and store strong password for your accounts.
Techniques to create complex password:
- Make sure that your password includes numbers, symbols, capital letters and Lower-Case Letters .
- Your passwords should not be a Dictionary words.
- Your passwords has to be 12 character, minimum.
Boost your network security:
Make sure that your logins are safer and your connections are secure. While being at home or at your work place, you probably use protected router which encrypts your data but when you use public Wi-Fi, it might be unsecured. This means hackers can get easy access to your accounts. That’s why you should consider using VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN is a service that creates safe connection between your device and the internet to be connected.
Be aware of what you click before visiting on any websites and make sure that you don’t invite danger with careless clicks. Many of today’s online threats are based on phishing or social engineering. This is done to reveal your personal or sensitive information for bad or fraudulent purposes like scamming you with “Great Offers”, asking questions to reveal your personal information.
Don’t trust people you meet online:
If you don’t know someone if in real life, it’s better not to be open about your personal as well as financial life. It’s not too hard to make fake profile on social media, you never know if it’s a good/genuine person looking to befriend or if it’s a hacker or scammer. A few stolen or stock photos, a simple email address and a burner phone is all a cyber criminal would need to set up and confirm a fake profile.
Avoid HTTP websites:
It’s always best to avoid using HTTP websites, especially for online purchase because they are simply not secure. This is just not a theory without evidence, even Google has started making all HTTP websites as being unsafe back in 2018. The main difference in HTTP and HTTPS is that HTTP doesn’t encrypt those information which is to be transferred and HTTPS encrypt all information which are being passed by those websites. If information are not encrypted hacker can get easy access to one’s personal and well as financial information.
Keep yourself updated:
Keep your device updated so that you have latest security and fix your bugs. You can turn on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it, and make sure that your security software is set to run regular scans. Also try using the latest password and security options for greater security.