The internet is full of scams, fraud, and malicious software, ready to attack your computer. The bottom line is, you need to take proper safety measures in place to protect yourself from these things. Follow these basic internet safety tips in order to minimize chances of online attacks. You can also read our Internet Security tips for more.
A Good Password Policy
Take serious consideration in the passwords you use. Make sure to use good passwords for your email and other online accounts. Its also a good idea to change your passwords often. Don’t use popular passwords like 12345, abcd, etc.
Its not a good idea to share them with people, especially never by sending them over the internet. If you need to give someone your password for some reason, don’t send it via email or any online chat programs.
Separate Email for Work & Leisure
Keep business separate from personal and leisure when it comes to email and everything else. Having 3 emails is a good idea. Have all business and financial things go to one, and all social network to the second and other personal things go to the third.
Do not use the same Password
Never use the same password for all services. Use your most secure password for your email and have different passwords for other services. This ensures that if one password is hacked, your entire online footprint are not accessible to the hackers.
Some services require your email and password for login, this means that if you use the same password for all services, your email is very vulnerable as well as your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Shop only from Trusted Online Stores
Only purchase online from trusted websites. There are plenty of fake online shopping websites out there that have nothing more than a goal of getting your credit card information. Check for a physical address to be listed on the site somewhere and proper contact information.
Also, use a debit card when making purchases instead of a credit card. That way, the transaction is not directly tied to your bank account. Certain websites like Amazon, Jumia, and Konga are trusted for sure but also be on the lookout for copycat sites that are made to look like websites that you know and trust.
Look at the address bar where the URL of the site is and make sure it actually says the proper website URL in it.
Be careful Who you hangout with Online
Don’t accept friend requests from strangers on social networks. Often times, people will get a friend request from someone and accept it simply because another friend of theirs is friends with them.
If you don’t know the person, there’s really no reason to accept. Scammers create fake accounts on social networks just to reach people with their spam or advertising.
Regularly Update your Browser
Keep your browser up to date. Browsers are updated often when new security problems are found and fixed. If you don’t upgrade, you could be using an outdated browser that has known security issues that have been fixed in new versions.
Install an Antivirus Software
Use antivirus software and keep it up to date also. Antivirus programs like AVG have a good reputation. The virus database in these programs needs to be updated often.
This is basically a record of all known viruses. Keeping this updated allows the program to know about new viruses when they are released. Once you connect to the internet, the antivirus will update itself.
Install just the Software you need
Minimize the amount of programs you have installed. If you have unnecessary programs on your computer, get rid of them. They will only slow your system down and possibly cause vulnerabilities.
Keeping these tips in mind will help keep you safe online and avoid as many cyber-attacks as possible. All of these tools and pieces of software to protect you are great, but the best tool is your own knowledge. Be smart when online and use caution when unsure of websites, downloads, or emails. Thinking smart and being cautions can prevent things that tools just can’t sometimes.
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