We’ve come a long way in the internet revolution and among many other uses, the internet can also be used to harm you. Here’s how to keep safe online in this internet driven world.
The Internet - a wonderfully random, completely anonymous treasure trove of anything and everything you can possibly imagine. This, of course, includes treasures about you as well - your social media accounts, banking details, email IDs, even your identity. Go through this internet safety cheat sheet and get yourself prepared with basic internet safety.
To prevent anyone from stealing your identity or taking over your social media accounts, take the following measures:
A strong password is often the only thing standing between your online account and a multitude of hackers. There are a few simple golden rules to follow while making passwords -
Doesn’t really work that way. Dictionary words are to be avoided!
If a website appears shoddy or badly designed, check for telephone numbers, addresses and any other information that you can cross check in the real world to verify its legitimacy. Apply the same rules, or even stricter ones for people you speak to online - Don’t give out personal information, keep to first names, and if you do agree to meet, do so in a busy public place and inform someone you trust of your whereabouts.
An example of a phishing email - as you can see, the emails can contain the official logo as well as copyright information and might appear to be fully reliable.
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Sometimes, going through the privacy and security settings of your chosen web browser can give you more security options than any third party or external solutions. Take some time and dig through them to choose what’s right for your needs.
|Keyloggers are a special type of program that, if running on your computer, track each and every key press on your keyboard. This, combined with your browsing history, can give a hacker crucial information about anything you do online and even offline. To avoid this, enter sensitive information through on-screen or digital keyboards available from the OS or from the website itself.|
Even though you may be following the best practices regarding protecting your online identity, if your connection is insecure, you might as well kiss your online security goodbye. Hence, before you fire up your connection and do all those secure transactions, go through the following checklist-
Check for a “padlock” or “https” right before the URL that you are browsing. This indicates that the website has a valid security certificate from a trusted third party like ‘VeriSign’ and that the information being transmitted from that website is encrypted and won’t be of any use to someone who intercepts it.
Know what to share and what not!
Technology might have come a long way in assisting and even exceeding us, but there is a strong reason that we cannot turn off our instincts in any situation that we face. Those instincts are equally useful on the online world as well. If anything sounds or seems suspicious, it is best to avoid it. For example, if the link you are accessing appears to have a lot of random characters, or the person you just started talking to sounds oddly insistent to know your birthday, it’s best to listen to that spider-sense and skip this one! Although let us make it very clear, the internet is infinite in its potential and by no means do we want you to be wary of each click that you make. Combine just the right amount of caution and the handy tips above, and you’re all set to unleash the internet into your life!
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