In this digital world, the word internet is rarely unknown. It is such a networking system that making our life easy and entertaining but is it safe too? We have heard about online fraud, spasm and day by day cybercrimes are increasing, thus our piece of informations are at risk. However, the safety key is in your hand if you know “how to be safe on the internet”.
The following tips will teach you how to be safe on the internet. So you can protect your valuable information from scammers, hackers.
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How to be Safe on the Internet
In this section we are going to aware you about the top 8 internet safety rules, you should follow. Here are the key steps to be safe on the internet:
1. Complex and Unique Password
A strong password can reduce the chances of cybercrimes. While creating a password you should keep these points in mind.
- It should include symbols, numbers, and letters
- Never set serial numbers like12345 as a password. It will be easy to crack.
- For different accounts like email, facebook always uses a separate password. It may be a little hard but will protect your information. Some software like a password manager can help you through this by simply managing multiple passwords.
- Use multi-factor authentication, if it is available in your account. This makes your account more save because to log in, it needs some extra information (code sent on phone, or password or passphrase)
- Never forget to log out after using any application online while using a public computer.
2. Connect to Secure Networks
The public WIFI is not secure enough, thus connecting with any public wifi make your information more accessible to the hackers. In this case, one can use a VPN (virtual private network.
It is a hardware that establishes secure and private communication between your device and internet server-id.
3. Update Security Setup
Software for internet security plays an important role in keeping your information safe. Every application that you use and operating system should be updated. You can download an antivirus extension for extra security.
You can also download a firewall that can prevent unauthorized access to your device. Try to download it from authorized sellers like Microsoft, McAfee.
4. Browse Safely
5. Post Carefully
Before you post anything think carefully, would it be ok if your parents or teachers see it if yes then go ahead but if no then step back. Your post can make you regret it later. You may delete it but still, it can be screenshotted, seen and even shared. So take a wise decision.
6. Secure Online Purchasing
While we purchase online, we often share our bank account or credit card details. Cybercriminal always waits for this opportunity. So you always need to share your information to secure sites that provide encrypted connections.
Check the URL if it starts with “https”(s means secure) the website encrypts your information and thus secure. Some secure sites show a small lock icon in the URL field.
7. Avoid Emails from Unknown Sources
If you ever get an email from unknown sources or with suspicious content move it to the spam folder. Phishing Scammers use such false email or messages to get your information. You can report phishing at www.ic3.gov.
8. Online Friends
Always try to avoid sharing information with peoples you met online especially your address, phone number your school or workplace address, Even avoid meeting them (if not18+). On an urgent basis try to meet in public places or bring a friend or inform someone bout your location and the person you are with.
So next time you are surfing on the internet make sure you are safe. Check your settings and keep the above tips on mind, even if you never have faced scams. It can happen anytime so prevention is always better than cure. Be safe on the internet and keep your life moving.