The internet is a revolutionary technology with which you can do everything, from
communicating to gathering information to online shopping. However, it’s not always safe on
the internet. This is why there are safety tips you should follow.
Here are some examples.
1. Install an anti-virus.
Anti-virus software does not only protect your computer from viruses, but it also protects you
from malware and spyware which can be used to steal information from you that can be
potentially used for harm.
An anti-virus is essential to making your online activities safer. Nowadays, new computers come
pre-installed with an anti-virus but sometimes they’re not enough protection so another
software is worth looking into.
2. Be careful of what you download online.
Even if you have installed anti-virus software, there are still potential threats online. This is why
you must be careful of what you download as the anti-virus software can only do so much when
the virus has already infected your computer.
A good rule of thumb is if you’re not sure if the file is secure, don’t download it, especially if
your anti-virus warns you that it may be infected.
3. Only access to secure websites.
Accessing only secure sites will ensure your online safety. Secure websites usually start with
https. The s after http basically indicates that the site is secure.
Additionally, your anti-virus will usually warn you if a site can be harmful to your computer. If
the warning pops up, it’s best if you don’t continue with the site as it may contain viruses and
malware that can infect and harm your computer.
4. Create strong passwords.
Creating strong passwords can safeguard your online accounts as they will be harder to guess
and therefore, steal. Make sure it’s something you remember but avoid using things like your
birthday or something generic like “password” or “12345”.
These can be guessed easily and therefore, anyone looking to hack your account will be able to
do so easily.
5. Never freely give out your personal information.
This is perhaps the most important tip on this list. You must be careful to whom you give your
information online as it is easy to impersonate someone online. Not only that, but you must
also be careful what you post online, especially with the prevalence of social media these days.
It is better if you keep more personal information to yourself as it can be used to bypass
security questions to hack your accounts. Sometimes, what you post online can also be used to
steal your identity.
Furthermore, beware of scams that tell you you’ve won something despite not entering any
contests. The people behind them are usually looking to steal your personal information and
use it as their own. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Just like with anything, the internet has both advantages and risks, so it’s imperative that you
know how to stay safe online. As long as you follow the aforementioned tips and be vigilant
with your online activities, then you should have no problems with your online safety.