10 Ways to Stay Safer Online

You cannot imagine a life without Internet whatsoever. But did you know that the Internet causes some serious security risks? Read this article to know how you can add a little bit online security.

#10 Watch Out With E-mail Attachments

A common way to spread viruses across the Internet is by sending them as e-mail attachments. If you’ve received an unexpected e-mail with an attachment consider not opening it because it might contain some kind of virus. Even if it appears that the e-mail is sent by a friend of yours, it might not be safe. You could better ask your friend what he has sent before opening because the e-mail could have been sent by a virus on your friend’s computer.

The best case scenario is when you’re actually expecting an e-mail with an attachment. If this is the case, then you’re pretty safe to open the attachment without having any harm done to your computer.

#9 Keep Your Software Updated

There’s nothing more dangerous than having outdated software on your computer. Outdated software is very vulnerable for hackers trying to penetrate your computer. Outdated software often contains security leaks which hackers can take advantage of. So whenever some piece of software is prompting you to install an update, be sure to accept it. This will make your virtual life more secure.

Some software is more important to be updated than others, such as:

  • Your Operating System
  • Your Internet Browser
  • Your Security Software
  • Java and Flash

#8 Consider Buying a Mac

Windows is the most used Operating System around the world. This means that a lot of hackers are focusing this system because there’s more potential for them. There are more Operating Systems available for the public, such as:

Operating systems

  • Linux
  • Mac OS

Linux can be installed on a Windows computer but is harder to use for a great portion of people because most of the software needs to be installed by using commands.

Mac cannot be installed on a Windows computer, so you’ll have to buy a Mac computer to use this operating system.

Mac OS is a very safe system because it isn’t really focused by hackers and viruses yet.

#7 Don’t Believe Everything On The Internet

When surfing the web, you will encounter a lot of advertisements on websites saying things like:

  • “Congratulations, You’ve won …”
  • “One time offer, buy now…”

Whenever you something of this across the web, be sure not to click the advertisement. If you happen to click the advertisement you’ll see that they are asking for personal information such as: Name, Credit card N°, adress, etc. Never give your information.

These advertisements sound to good to be true, and so they are.

#6 Have Different Passwords

There are tons of websites which require you to register to use their services. Because there are so many websites it sound good to use the same password everywhere. This is easy for you, but also easy for hackers, if they get their hands on one of your passwords, they’ll have access to every single website you’re registered to.password security

So let’s say you’re using the same password for paypal, e-mail, Facebook and any other websites. This means that if someone gets the hold of one password, they will get access to your paypal, e-mail, Facebook.

Your bank and social life isn’t safe anymore if this happens.

There are some options for a more secure passwords:

  • Use a part that’s always the same
  • Add something random but memorable, this may be “&” “%” “£”. –> Different for each password
  • Afterwards put the website name in the password
  • Add another random thing in the password

possible result: Chicken&Wordpress$

This makes it almost impossible to guess, brute-forcing takes a long time and if they happen to catch one of your passwords, they can’t access any of your other services.

#5 Pay Attention To Your Personal Information

Everything you put on the Internet stays on the Internet. If I google my own name I still find tons of information on myself and my private life, even though I remember myself that I deleted everything.

Hackers can turn this information into their advantage, and you’re taking the risking of getting involved in identity fraud.

So remember: don’t put everything about yourself on the Internet, because this information is there to be accessed by everyone who wants.

#4 Keep You Passwords Safe

This sounds natural but it is a hard thing to do if you think about it. How many times does it happen that we need something done by a friend on a website. To make this possible you would need to give your password to the friend so he can access the website and do what he has to do.

It just isn’t secure to give your friend your password, even when you can trust him. It is always possible that someone overheard your conversation, or read your online business with your friend.Personal Information

If you really want to give your friend your password, take these steps:

  • Change your password to something simple
  • Let your friend log on and do his thing
  • Change your password back

This should secure your password eventually.

If you ever think that your password is breached, you should change the password as soon as possible to minimize the harm done to you. If you find yourself locked out of your account, you should contact the website owner to let him know, eventually he will offer you a way to verify your identity and let you reset your password.

#3 Nothing Is Free

If you see advertisement claiming that they will scan your computer for free, don’t click them. This is probably just some scam software that will prompt you to buy the “full software version” while doing nothing but sitting there at your computer. This kind of software often slows your computer down just to make sure that you’ll end up buying the full version to speed up your computer.

If this isn’t the case it’ll probably be a virus which will infect your computer and steal all your personal information while you think that you’ve downloaded a free program that will help you out.

#2 Be Careful With Links In Emails

Every single day millions of meaningless e-mails with links are sent. Most of these links are potentially dangerous. They will bring you to websites which requires you to fill in your personal information. This information is than used to get access to your bank account or social networks. The only remedy to this is just don’t click links that you don’t trust.

On the other hand, if you receive a suspicious link in an e-mail of your friend, don’t click the link yet, first ask him what the link is about.

Remember: Your bank or other websites that you are registered to, will never ask you for your personal information. So if you receive mail asking you for this information, be sure to put it in the thrash can or report it as spam to make sure that you won’t receive this kind of e-mail again.

#1 Security Software

There are a lot of Anti-Virus software to choose from. Some popular ones are:

  • Kapersky
  • F-secure
  • Bitdefender
  • McAfee
  • AVGSecurity Software

You can’t do nothing wrong by installing one of these on your computer. Be sure to only install one Anti-virus because multiple programs may counteract each other and this causes your software to malfunction and this will eventually cause your computer to down.

Some Internet providers claim to have secure Internet and that you won’t need any anti-virus software to be safe. Believe me, this is a lie. They may have the best firewall on this planet, a virus can always get through and cause some serious damage to your computer.

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