Internet has become so important in our lives that we can’t exist without it. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, we all do things that involve the powers of the World Wide Web. Many have questioned the safety of users online. They’re not wrong, with scandals like the Cambridge Analytica and numerous hacking incidents; we need to be more careful than ever on the internet. So we compiled a few handy tips that will allow you to be at ease when scrolling endlessly on Instagram.
Choose Password Wisely
You know those sites that have a very particular requirement for your passwords and you end up cursing them while on your 100th try of creating a password? They’re actually helping your dumb ass not be hacked. Always choose a password that can’t be found on the dictionary, purposefully misspell it and add numbers and symbols. Use a word that’s personal to you so you always remember it. Use modifications of one main password on all different sites to keep all your accounts safe. Create a spreadsheet or a note in somewhere private for your ease.
Keep private information private
On social media, don’t disclose everything personal about yourself such as where you live and what banks you use. That’s literally an open invitation for people out there to rob you. Don’t publicly most information that can be used to hack into your accounts. Plus, definitely do not trust people you just met online, whether it’s through a dating app or some chat room. Don’t think that nice lady is really a nice lady. Don’t be naïve and trustworthy. Always have your guard up, don’t tell them your last name.
Keep updating anti virus software
Always check for any updates on your anti-virus software and keep updating it. There are millions of viruses that are created all the time; you need to be safe from all of them. Stay cautious and responsible about your internet connection. Do daily scans of your computer for any harmful activity that might be going on in your computer without you noticing. Be aware of what your Task Manager in the computer is doing and learn which software and applications are harmless and which are harmful.
Keep internet connection secure
Never ever, use public Wi-Fi if you don’t trust the source. Don’t log into important email accounts even if you’re on that Wi-Fi connection. An alternative would be to install a virtual private network, which lets you have a safe connection on the internet. Secondly, definitely install a firewall. Firewalls act as your noble warriors of electronic guards that don’t let harmful things on the internet enter your computer. They act as safety barriers.
Carefully surf the Internet
Make sure whichever website you are surfing on has the word “https” on it and not “http” as the s stands for secure connection. Be wary of websites that seem to have incorrect spelling or just seem fishy to you. They might be copying the legitimate websites and defrauding you into giving personal data to them.
Always back up
Even despite all these security measures, your computer might still be infiltrated by hackers or scammers online so just be sure to actively backup your date on another safe location where it can’t be accessed by anyone such as an external hard drive.