The Internet gives unlimited information about almost all things in the world. While some people assume that celebrities and big businesses are the only ones who are at risk for online attacks, a lot of “regular” people get these problems too. Everyone has private photos and messages that they don’t want to get shared online. Just last year, 500 million Yahoo users got their personal information stolen by state-sponsored hackers. To help you avoid this problem, we’ve listed some steps to stay safe on the Internet.
Protect and Secure Your Passwords
One of the most effective ways to prevent hackers is to make your password secure. Use different characters, make it longer, and use unique passwords on different accounts. Use two-factor authentication – an extra layer of security that secures your account by asking you to input two items of authentication before you can log into your account. Some people write down their passwords or use a password manager tool, such as LastPass, to secure their passwords in one place.
Be Smart About What You Click
There’s a huge collection of websites that does phishing for a living. Phishing attacks use your email address or websites to collect personal and financial information. These websites also infect your PC or phone with malware and virus. Always look at the URL of the page you’re visiting and be careful with the websites that you visit.
Be Wary of Wi-Fi Hotspots
While Wi-Fi hotspots are convenient, it helps to be wary of your online activities while you’re connected to it. You never know which of those hotspots contains malicious sites that steal your private information.
Use Anonymous Browsing
When using your friend’s or someone else’s computer, using anonymous browsing – such as the Incognito window in Google Chrome – is better. It will not save your private information and does not track the activities you do online. Also, always remember to sign out of your account when you’re done.
Be Cautious When Shopping Online
When shopping online, only use your credit card and personal info on websites with SSL or Secure Sockets Layer. You’ll recognize if the website is secure if the shopping site’s URL starts with HTTPS:// not just HTTP://. Never ever provide your credit card details on unsecured sites and anonymous emails.
Always Check Your Device
If your PC or mobile phone experiences pop-up ads, unwanted toolbars, or you’re constantly being redirected to another page when trying to search for something, your device might have been infected. Use your trusted anti-virus software to detect and remove the malware and viruses from your device and be careful next time you go online again. For your phone, try and find apps that prevent malicious activities and eavesdropping.
Keep Your PC Firewall on
Firewalls help keep intruders from accessing your computer and prevents your device from sending out personal information online. Even if you have anti-virus programs that scan your files, a firewall acts as a guard that watches out for attempts to hijack your PC and blocks these unwanted communications.
Cyber attacks have always been a huge problem, especially now that everyone is on the Internet. It is possible that we can fall prey to their tactics; that is why everyone must be distrustful of everything available on the Internet. These scams regularly happen and target people who are unaware of these methods that they use.