Connecting a computer to the internet unprotected will leave such a system vulnerable to thousands of different viruses. It also leaves that system open to any hacker that is on the lookout for systems it can steal personal data from. Hackers can find value in the data that you hold very little value for; this is why identity theft is at an all-time high today.
Even having the appropriate internet security software doesn’t guarantee that your computer will be totally safe while on the internet. It seems all too easy to find yourself in a situation whereby someone else has your financial and personal data. Thankfully there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure this doesn’t happen to you or any member of your family.
Let’s take a look at 8 internet security tips that you should consider implementing:
- 1 The 8 Best Internet Security Tips
- 1.0.1 1. Use a Strong Password
- 1.0.2 2. Don’t Share Personal Information in Emails
- 1.0.3 3. Sensitive Browsing
- 1.0.4 4. Don’t Share Personal Information in Forums
- 1.0.5 5. Site Safety
- 1.0.6 6. Avoid unsecured eCommerce Websites
- 1.0.7 7. Back Up
- 1.0.8 8. Never Leave Your Devices Unattended
- 1.0.9 –AUTHOR INFO–
The 8 Best Internet Security Tips
1. Use a Strong Password
There are so many people online today that still fail to realize how important it is that they use a strong password. Never downplay the importance of using a complex password. Consider combining letters and numbers in your passwords. You can further complicate things by using capital letters.
We all get those exciting and enticing emails from time to time. You’re unfamiliar with the sender, but you have a genuine interest in it. What harm would there be in you sharing little details with them? The reality is that a lot of harm can come from it. Thus, you should never share any of your personal information via email, especially if you don’t know the person.
3. Sensitive Browsing
Sensitive browsing like online banking and shopping online, are activities that you should only do on your own personal device and on a network that is secure. If you’re on a public WiFi hotspot, whether at a restaurant, airport or café, you should never log into your bank account, for example, or buy something over it, using your credit card details. Hackers are more likely to be operating on such connection lines, looking for the perfect opportunity that you will no doubt present to them.
Message boards, instant messaging services and forums all provide excellent opportunities for you to speak to other people, but there’s no real way of determining who exactly you are speaking to. Therefore, it’s important that you do not share any of your personal information with such persons that includes real names, phone numbers, home address etc. You don’t want anyone stealing your information and posing as you.
5. Site Safety
Before you do anything online, it’s a good idea for you to download a site safety extension for your browser, such as SiteAdvisor. Such extensions will tell you whether or not a site is secure in the search results, that way you can avoid visiting any website(s) that would otherwise cause harm to your system.
6. Avoid unsecured eCommerce Websites
Shopping online is a very convenient way to acquire the things that you need, and for the most part, it is safe. However, it is very important that you pay attention when buying anything online. If you visit a website, and the checkout page is not encrypted, then you shouldn’t purchase anything from there. To determine this, simply look at the URL bar, if it has an https on it, then it means the site is secure.
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7. Back Up
It’s advisable for you to backup both your online and offline data. All your documents, photos, sensitive data and personal documents should be stored on a secondary external hard drive or a cloud. This will ensure that your data is always secure, in the event that your system is breached.
8. Never Leave Your Devices Unattended
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Leaving your system unattended while logged into Facebook or your Bank is one of the quickest and easiest ways for you to attract trouble. Make sure you always log out after you’ve completed your session of sensitive browsing, even if you’re at home.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website
I hope you got it my points.