Effective Tips on Protecting Yourself When Browsing the Internet
There’s no denying the immense impact of the Internet on people’s way of life. Apart from making us more connected, it also provides unlimited access to all kinds of information from the latest political news to the most popular videos.
Like any generous promo, however, there’s a catch to the Internet’s bounty—it’s risky to give out information. Identity thieves may use your information to steal your savings and ruin your credit rating or you could fall prey to phishing scam. With so much freedom and lack of wall-to-wall regulation, anything is possible on the Internet, and everyone is exposed to acts of crime. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself.
Use a Secure Password, and a Different One for Each Account If Possible
Verify Data Encryption—Always Lock the Door
Update Your OS Regularly
Don’t Be Too Quick to Click on Links
Passwords that consist of personal information, particularly name and birthdate, are no longer recommended. In fact, websites where you can create an account, such as social media sites and search engines, even prompt end-users to choose a strong password, one that contains alphanumeric characters. Sometimes, capitalization of some letters is required. As much as possible, use a different password for each account you make to prevent hackers from accessing your other accounts should they succeed accessing one.
With hundreds of millions of websites using all possible means to hook visitors, it can be difficult to distinguish illegitimate websites from legitimate ones, especially if you don’t know where to look. One way is to look for the small Internet browser security lock at the bottom right corner of your browser window or next to the address bar. If it’s in the locked position, it means the website represented by the link is secure, but if it’s in the unlock position, it’s likely that there’s a third party that has access to the information, especially the confidential ones, that you will give out as you browse through the website.
One of the main reasons your computer is susceptible to hacking or security breach is that its operating system is not designed to ward off such action, or if its current protection isn’t strong enough. Newly released updates for operating systems include features that can handle the most recent and most advanced security-related issues.
A common modus operandi of phishers and scammers involves sending a suspicious link that serves as bait to trick people into clicking. Once they succeed, they can find a way into your account and be allowed to turn it upside down until they extract every bit of valuable information they need to get to your money and life. So the next time you see suspicious links in your inbox or on your newsfeed, make sure to verify it first and if possible, just delete it.
These are only some of the best ways to protect yourself from illegal acts that are widespread across the web. As people become smarter, expect to encounter newer and more effective methods of phishing and scamming. Prepare yourself by employing even more powerful protection.