Tips for staying safe online

The internet is what almost everyone use to get informations, do transactions and other stuffs.

Safety and security is also important in a large connection like the internet.

Here are some tips for staying safe online:

1. Use strong, unique passwords

When you’re creating a password for your account or any online registration make sure to include a mix of numbers, symbols, and letters, both uppercase and lowercase. It’s harder to remember, but it will keep your information much safer. e.g Dec@15.$##

2. Sign up for accounts on legitimate sites only

Consider very carefully before you make an account on a website, even if it just requires giving your email address. No matter how secure your passwords are, using them on unsafe sites will put your information in danger.

  • Avoid sites with misspellings or bad grammar in their addresses, which could be dangerous copycats of legitimate websites.
  • Also look out for sites that have lots of pop-ups, or numbers or gibberish in their addresses.

3. Avoid clicking on sites that look fake or scammy

If you’re even somewhat familiar with the Internet, chances are you can recognize bad links when you see them: bad grammar, popups, “click bait” headlines, or a false-looking web address. Avoid clicking on these sites and never download anything from them.
Spending time on these kinds of websites can give your computer a virus or make it crash.

4. Clear your browsing history often to maintain your privacy

Many sites have access to your cookies, small text files that record your preferences and let sites respond to them, often to show you more relevant ads. However, cookies can also be used by hackers as a way to get your personal information.[13]
Clear your cookies every month or so to wipe out any personal information in them.

5. Keep your computer/smartphone software up to date

Most software updates come with security upgrades, so it’s important that you have the latest version at all times. To easily download updates as soon as they come out, turn on automatic updates in your computer/smartphones Settings.

6. Avoid using public WiFi networks.

Public WiFi—like the kind you might find at restaurants, hotels, or airports—is often unsecured, making it easier for someone to hack into your computer. Only connect to an unsecured network if you absolutely have to, and be aware of the risks it could come with.

If you often need WiFi on the go, try buying a virtual private network (VPN), a piece of hardware that can create a secure, private connection from anywhere.

7. Install antivirus and malware protection.

if at all possible, as it’s one of the most reliable ways to keep your hard drive safe.
For the most reliable smartphone protection, you can buy a mobile security package or install from play store(popular ones).

These tools typically come with a firewall and spam protection, as well as GPS tracking to help you find a lost or stolen device.
Some security packages also come with remote locking capabilities to prevent a stolen phone from being used.

8. Get identity theft protection

Get identity theft protection through your credit card company or a separate service. This can help catch some identity theft attempts by notifying you of leaked information or suspicious purchases.

9. Back up your data

Remember to back up your data on the cloud or an external hard drive. If your device is hacked, you’ll have your information stored safely elsewhere.

10. Don’t share private information

Never give personal information to someone you met online. This might seem obvious, but it’s still important to remember. No matter how well you may think you know someone you met online, you can never really be sure of who they are and whether they might be dangerous.

  • Never share your name, home address, nickname or other real-life information.

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