5 Things You Need To Be Cautious Of Before Going Online
Let’s face it: most of us reading this cannot function without the internet in our lives. While there is no denying that it is indeed a fountain of information, there is also no brushing under the carpet that our details also stay in cyberspace by way of a digital footprint. It becomes important then, to stay safe while on the internet.
Let us quickly run through some very basic and easy to implement ways, by which we ourselves can enhance our online security.
Password protection – While every email provider or online shopping portal for instance urges you to protect your account by way of a password, it is up to you to ensure that the password you choose is a strong one and not easy to put together for someone looking to compromise your account. Do not select easy guesses such as your birthdate, or ‘password123’ or similar. Remember that people close to you will be able to put together some simple information after a few tries, so make sure it is a robust combination of letters and characters.
Personal details – Guard these with your life, if you will! Do not fall prey to apps that require you to provide your personal information such as bank and credit card particulars, for instance. Equally dangerous is freely sharing details of your personal life on social media platforms. Also remember that when you receive an email supposedly from your bank asking for personal information, it is likely to be a fraudulent email. Do not respond, and in addition ensure that you alert your bank as well.
Browser encryption – When online, check that your browser is updated against the latest malware and other hacking tools. The safest bet is to opt for a browser with 128-bit encryption, as it is considered to be logically unbreakable. When shopping online, check that the page is secure (most such pages will carry a little ‘lock’ logo), especially when you get redirected to a payment gateway to provide sensitive details such as your credit card CVV number.
Installing programmes – Sometimes, installing a programme automatically puts you at risk of getting some junkware on your machine. Be sure to read the fine print and not allow any website blanket access to promote any such freebies or offers that can compromise your security.
Watch out for online scams – If you have received a mail that announces you the winner of a whopping big lottery, chances are that it is indeed not for real and you have been chosen as the unsuspecting victim of an online scam. Remember that you should first ‘mark as spam’ and then delete any such emails, and responding to them in any form or manner is an absolute no. After all, there are no free lunches!
While there is no reason to be deterred from using the Internet, it is essential to ensure that you do not compromise yourself or your loved ones and take adequate safety measures.
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by techtalks @TechTalks February 9, 2017 11:23 AM UTC