The internet has brought countless possibilities in our daily lives. I’m sure that most of you know how things work on the internet, and it is quite obvious that you might be knowing some security tips. But in most of the cases, users have received incomplete information or false information regarding internet security. Anyways, here are some simple (Yes I mean it, really “simple”) tips that can help you ensure a safe browsing experience online. I won’t use any technical jargon that would make you feel bored.
Frequently Updating your Browser and System Software
We always tend to keep the software updates for the next day. Well, browser updates are not just meant for enhancing the browsing experience. The updates are indented to provide security fixes for the existing vulnerabilities. Hence it is highly recommended that you install updates for your browser as well as instant messaging software. Albeit most of the browsers boast of providing maximum security, the real scenario is something quite different. I’d recommend using popular browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Avoid sticking to your old IE6, it is dead now. Also be sure to make note of the following tips:
- Do not install unnecessary extensions or add-ons
- This is because there are many browser extensions that have the ability to access your personal credentials. Some of them can even bring unsolicited mails or posts to your online accounts
- Use security extensions like WOT (Web of Trust) or Adblock
- Occasionally clear your browsing history and cookies
Create strong passwords [An idiot’s guide to]
We all are busy with different chores in our daily lives. Even if we aren’t, we tend to be like that. But never take this habit over while you are creating passwords. A strong password for your online accounts is the key to peace of mind. Choosing a single password for all your accounts is one of the sins that you’ll ever do online. So here are the things that you should keep in mind:
- Use a combination of characters, digits and/or special characters. Eg “My%IG<>done” and “Port180n!!”
- Never use the same password for dissimilar accounts (never, please)
- Longer passwords aren’t tightly secure unless it contains special characters
- Use a password manager for storing your passwords, never write it down somewhere
Don’t be a jester to believe all the online ads
Well these days it has got tremendously high. Yes, those ads saying “Hey, I’ve earn 100 dollars in an hour, click here to read my story”. My dear folks, things aren’t this easy on the internet. Unless you are unbelievably genius, you cannot do what these ads say. It’s just a money churning trick played by some of the bad guys. You have to really “work” in order to earn some bucks online. The next time you see those ads, just ignore them without giving a second thought. Chances are that you’ll get into a malicious website and spoil yourself.
Antivirus Software – Not a necessity!
Wait for a second, did I say that Antivirus software is something that’s not a requisite? Yes of course, I’ll tell you how it’s possible. I have gone days and months without using an Antivirus or Antimalware software. The trick is to stay careful while browsing. But, I do recommend using one of them (or a firewall) for your comfort. Nonetheless, these software aren’t the panacea for total security online. Some of the useful tips are:
- Never download files from untrusted websites
- Open suspicious links in a private window
- Stay away from unknown file types
- Stop following links from unknown sources
Be cautious while using Social networks
Since after its inception, social networks have been a fertile ground for malicious attackers. You’ll get plenty of links and posts on your Facebook feeds, always give a second thought while clicking them. Oftentimes, there’s a great terror waiting at the other end. Most of the cunning yet malicious links will be based on highly exciting topics, which will make you irresistible to clicking the same. Hence beware! You can also follow these tips for bettering your online security.
- Never open suspicious links/posts
- If you can’t resist to click on a doubtful post, make use of the private browsing [incognito in Chrome] facility
- Add people only whom you know to your friends list