10 Simple Ways to Stay Safe Online
Cybercrime is such an incredibly lucrative illegal business. Unfortunately, there is such a low risk and a high return that cybercrime is evolving at a rapid rate.
- Be careful when posting online: It’s important to avoid sharing anything you wouldn’t want to directly tell a stranger. Don’t announce large purchases, vacations or anything that involves where you’re located.
- Avoid public wi-fi whenever possible: If you must use public wi-fi, don’t access anything sensitive, such as online banking websites, using public wi-fi. You can use a VPN to ensure a secure connection when needed.
- Watch what you’re downloading: Don’t get tricked into downloading malware disguised as a trusted application. This is an easy way to end up with viruses and other threats installed on your device.
- Follow best practices for passwords: This means using complex, hard-to-guess combinations of numbers, letters, and symbols. You should also avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
- Review your privacy settings: Make sure you’re not showing your browsing and/or social media usage to the world. Check your privacy settings to make sure they’re locked down.
- Use two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication is available for many online services nowadays. This is especially important for online banking. You will need to enter a code sent to your mobile phone, as well as your standard password.
- Watch out for unsecure websites: If a website doesn’t have a padlock next to the address of use HTTPS instead of HTTP, it’s not secure. Be careful entering any sensitive information.
- Don’t trust everyone you meet online: This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people are tricked into communicating with cybercriminals looking to lure sensitive information out of them.
- Be careful when clicking on links: Be aware of how phishing works. Cybercriminals often create phoney email accounts to send emails with links that take the recipient to a malicious website.
- Always apply updates and/or bug fixes: Whenever one of your programs has a new update or bug fix available, apply it immediately. Keep your systems up-to-date and make sure you’re using the latest version of your browser.
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