The most important rule everyone needs to keep heed is to protect your personal information always to lessen your possibility of identity theft. It is highly recommended to support apt security on your computers, laptops and other electronic devices. Many of you may not be aware of the fact that sharing your personal information with an unknown party online can harm your reputation badly. Here’s how to browse the Internet securely without disclosing anything!
1. Don’t Click On Any Unexpected Links
You might receive crafted messages via emails in your inbox or come across a link on any portal you visit, which tells click here. Such criminals try to entice the users to open an attachment so that they can infect your PC or laptop. You’re advised not to click on those links at all.
2. Never Reuse Your Main Email Password
Make sure not to reuse your main password twice or thrice. Your email account tends to get hacked by a criminal once they find out where they can find your personal data easily including your personal address, mobile number, banking, passport details, etc. That’s why reset your password within every few months’ time with a fresh one.
3. Use Different Passwords On Different Websites
People are now having several online accounts and they have a tendency to use the password of their email account on every account they use. They also tend to use simple passwords that can be attacked trickily by the hackers and this may create a severe problem for them only. Use a different strong password on different sites for your safety sake.
4. Use Anti-Virus Software
While browsing the internet, you can check any number of websites that are safe and unsafe. Your PC or laptop will be bombarded with viruses and destroy them fully if you do not have anti-virus software updated on it. Use any of the best premium antivirus suites like Kaspersky, Quickheal, BitDefender, F-Secure for yearly or two-yearly that will block the malware from attack, and again renew them.
5. If In Any Doubt, Block
You just need to say no with a decline to any of the social media invitations you receive, such as connection request on Facebook, LinkedIn or any other site from the people you absolutely do not know. Don’t fall prey to those unwanted requests.
6. Think Before Tweeting & Sharing
You need to think cautiously before tweeting anything on social media. Never share your current status of traveling details or any other personal stuff. Criminals can track you instantly from there and harass you personally in an indirect way through your sources only not known to you.
7. Shop Online Only On Secure Sites
Before you shop by entering your card details, make sure the online shopping site is secure and its internet address is http, not https. Log-in to http retail site only; otherwise exit out. Many online deals websites like CouponoBox, Retailmenot, Groupons, etc. are very conscious about their personal client data security.
8. Set Up A ‘Wipe Your Phone’ Feature
Few smartphones have features like Android Lost, Find My iPhone or Blackberry allows the owners to erase all their personal data remotely if their device is lost or stolen by chance. A wipe feature can easily safeguard your information from falling into wrong person’s hands.
9. Ignore Pop-Ups
Many online sites have pop-ups and if you allow them, they will make a download in the background that will install malware. Pop-ups consist of malicious software; so ignore those offerings like website surveys on e-commerce sites as they may contain malcode and cause danger.
10. Be Alert Of Public Wi-Fi
If you’re using public Wi-Fi, make sure you don’t attempt for online banking, a malicious person from that public place can seize your unencrypted data. You are warned to use encryption (software) with public Wi-Fi if you urgently need to use.