Internet Safety Practices—Protect Yourself Online

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Internet Safety Practices—Protect Yourself Online

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It’s funny to look at how trustworthy we thought the internet was a decade ago. However, things have drastically changed when it comes to privacy and protection of sensitive information. The thing is, without the internet, the world will be incomplete as it has impacted us in ways we couldn’t have even imagined. Now, the internet has become more of a necessity and using it is a requirement when it comes to maintaining relationships and establishing new ones. So, in the midst of all complications, how do we approach internet security? Well, here are some of the ways through which we can protect ourselves better:


Always Keep a Look on Your Privacy Settings:

As a general rule, major social media sites including Facebook have the option of enhancing privacy features. Even website browsers and operating systems have options to enhance privacy settings. The real problem, however, is to locate where these settings are. Companies tend to keep these settings hidden or hard to find as your information to marketers and even hackers are valuable. Before you begin surfing just make sure that the privacy settings are turned on.


Avoid Public WiFi:

Public WiFis might appear to be charming but the harsh truth is that they are not secured. The simple fact is that you or the user has no control over the security measures and security breaches are quite common when it comes to internet security.  The most sensible thing to do is to wait until you get to a secured internet connection.


Double Check before Downloading:

Downloading content of the internet is the riskiest thing one can do as hackers use malware to enter your computer once something is downloaded. This can be hard to detect because they might look like something that is safe to be downloaded. However, the malware is usually disguised as an app or a game or even a video. One thing you can do to avoid downloading such content is to refrain from downloading stuff from unauthorized marketplaces or websites.


Online Purchases:

Online shopping has become quite the norm these days as more and more people are now preferring to shop online. This comes with a risk and a big one. In the process of sharing personal banking information, your details can get hacked. Credit card information should only be shared on stores that offer a secure and encrypted connection. This essentially means that your banking details will not be shared by anyone.


Stronger Passwords are Effective:

A basic yet effective technique is to use passwords that are stronger. Try using combinations of numbers, letters, and special characters to make it unique. All little things just like this one count when it comes to maintaining the internet security.


Antivirus Software Still Works:

Yes, most antivirus software can’t guarantee complete safety but they can remove malware to a significant extent. Antivirus software can be useful in terms of detecting a nominal threat and removing it on the spot before it infects your PC.

Updated 01:15 PM UTC+8, 03 Sep 2019
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Ken Karlo
Ken Karlo
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Ken is a web developer and SEO chonin who writes reviews and How-to guides on social media, fund transfers, fintech, web development, blockchain technology while trying to learn more in online marketing.

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