Surfing the internet is very risky. People need to connect themselves into the open realm of the World Wide Web. Basically, they cannot assure themselves that they are safe at their fingertips. They have to remember that the very moment they enter the stream of the online world is also the time that they became vulnerable.
Similar to the real world, the internet is not free from crime. Netizens know that internet crime does exist and every surfer is prone to it. People can name a few such as identity theft, hackers, viruses, malware, and so on. Hence, how are we going to protect ourselves from these threats?
1. Always Secure Your Identity
One of the best ways to secure your identity from being taken is to make sure that your passwords are protected. Internet gurus would suggest that choosing a “difficult-to-guess” password is the most efficient protection for any accounts. People may use a combination of words, numbers, and symbols as their password. By doing so, other people will find it difficult to guess the password. It is also preferable for people to use different passwords for different accounts instead of using a single password for all accounts. This method will help people to secure all their accounts in any case that one got hacked.
When signing up for an account or installing a new software, people must always spend time reading the fine print. There are some software or service providers that asked for your agreement to allow them to collect your personal information. If you do not want to give them your personal information, then, you do not have to agree with their terms and conditions. Cyber criminals use the method of seemingly reliable software and assume that people do not read the terms and agreement. Without reading the fine print, other people will be able to collect your personal information without you knowing it.
2. Always Secure Your Connection
People must also keep in mind that aside from their personal identity, they must also secure their connection; may it be at home or at work. The most basic step to prevent others from penetrating the network connection is by installing an efficient security system such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, and internet firewalls. These programs will protect your computer from dangerous files that may harm your computer. Keep in mind that viruses and spyware are capable of sharing your personal data unconsciously.
When doing transactions online, people must make sure that they are under a secure connection with companies. By looking at the address bar of an internet browser, people will notice that websites start with either “http://” or “https://”. A secure connection has an address that starts with “https://” instead of “http://” alone. Be wary that not all websites with secure connection are trustworthy. Keep in mind that Phishing websites are capable of deceiving people under a secure connection.
3. Evaluate Before Clicking
Immediate clicking is very dangerous when it comes to internet technology. Criminals may just send you a link leading you to a dangerous site without knowing it. Before clicking a link, people must hover the mouse pointer over the link first. They will notice that an address pops-up from the lower-left corner of the internet browser. The pop-up address will show you to where that link will lead you if clicked. Evaluate if the address is trustworthy or dubious.
When it comes to downloading, people must always be cautious. You will never know that certain software is a virus unless you become a victim of it. Hence, it is best to read comments, reviews, and ratings before downloading a certain software or file from the internet. By doing all these steps efficiently, one will always find himself secured while browsing the World Wide Web.