Last updated on January 14th, 2015 at 07:38 pm
It has now been a few days following 2015. So, we thought to enlighten our readers mind about some Internet Security facts which will help you to keep yourself more secure in the New Year 2015.
If you think you are already secure then do read the article carefully, because if you find anything which makes your internet insecure then you may find a way to correct it. The points discussed below are basic things which usually a “layman” internet user doesn’t care of. You will find some useful Internet Security facts below which will help you secure your internet activity.
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What To Do ? ?
1. Whenever you are entering some sensitive information on any websites like transaction forms for successful payment or withdrawal, check whether the connection is secured or not. You can know about the connection being secure by looking at the URL starting with “https://” (excluding the quotes).
It doesn’t end here, you have to also see whether the connection is fully secured or not. You can know this by clicking on the PADLOCK sign which mentions whether the connection is secure ( ” The connection to this website is secure ” ) or it has elements which are insecure ( ” The connection to this website is not fully secure because it contains some unencrypted elements such as images ” ). If the browser shows you the warning sign in the address bar then do not make any transactions nor supply any sensitive information on that website.
Screenshots are included here for your better understanding.
2. When you set a password for any account which you want to keep it secured from hackers, then always create a password which is a bit long and always include numbers, lower/upper case letters and special characters if the website allows.
If you think that you can’t remember such passwords then write that password on a piece of paper before setting that and read it more often to get acquainted. After you feel confident enough set the password which you generated from your mind.
3. It is always advisable to keep your computer’s Firewall enabled.
4. Don’t ever have a crazy thought in your mind to share personal information to the public through social media sites.
5. You must have checked the “ Keep me logged in ” button if you don’t want to type your login credentials repeatedly. This option stores your password and username and automatically fills it up for you for faster login. But it is advisable not to check this option which makes your credentials a little insecure.
6. Keep an alternate e-mail account for the people who aren’t completely trusted by you.
7. Always keep your privacy settings at the highest level on social media sites.
8. Before downloading any free software always research something about the reputations or comments before downloading it and installing it.
9. Do not forget to log out of the online accounts till you are not sure that no one uses that device except you.
10. Always keep your software’s up-to-date. The software companies just don’t update their UI at times, they also include some security fixes with it.
11. Always use a recommended security software’s from major developers like Quick Heal, Symantec etc.
12. Increase awareness in society regarding the online security. You can do that by sharing this article from the social sharing buttons which you will find at the end of the article.
13. It is advisable to shop online from reputed brand stores.
15. Change your login credentials at regular intervals.
16. Protect your devices with optimum security methods.
17. Ah! Well, if you are an Android or iOS user then don’t even think about rooting it or jailbreak, if you are really concerned about the information stored on your device.
18. Install every software and apps from trusted sources only.
19. When you download an interesting app for your mobile device then see for the permission it requires to work. If it requires unnecessary permission consider uninstalling that app immediately.
20. Be it your mobile device or other devices always install security app with minimum features containing Anti-Malware, Anti-theft, Call & SMS blocker, Remote Device Management, Online Browsing protections.
What Not To Do ? ?
1. You might have the general information such as date of birth, address, name visible to public. So, never use these terms as your passwords unless you want your account to be hacked by anyone.
2. Never respond to unusual emails pleading for your help, especially when it requires you to give your bank information to them.
3. If you are a popular celeb then you can’t follow this measure. But if you aren’t, then do not upload your personal pictures or videos on social media sites unless you are sure only the friends you know see them. It can be used to create another fake social ID in your name.
4. Some websites use force pop-up ads, always avoid clicking on those ads which appears suddenly. And never click on advertisements which are not published by reputed Ad Media Companies like Google Adsense, Infolinks, Chitika, Cuelinks and other reputed Ad services. And if you see an ad of a reputed product which misleads you to some other website then report it in public to help your friends know about it.
5. If someone tells you or sends you any message which makes you feel tensed or confused then better go and discuss the problem personally. In other words, don’t blindly trust any online user unless he/she is your close friend/acquaintance.
6. Avoid saving your credit/debit card information, no matter how trusted that website is to you.
7. Never use any unsecured Wi-Fi public network. If you don’t have any option other than not using it then use a VPN option to access the particular network by using some devices available.
8. Do not keep your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth when not in use.
Let us know in the comments section if you think this to be helpful.
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