In our personal or professional life, without internet we all are inactive today. I think everyone agree with me and have no doubt about the usefulness of internet. Yet, are you aware of internet security or how to stay safe online?
Everyday we send the bunch of emails‚ share pictures and videos on social media. Doing banking transactions on mobile phones. That’s the reason from early morning to late night we’re online through our mobile.
But hackers also, always very active throughout the internet world. They are more intelligent than you and me. Sending malicious emails, malware, spyware and much more harmful things daily. Attempting to hack your email id. Trying to steal your personal information.
In Point Of Fact:
The cyber criminal made the Internet is an unsafe place today. So it’s more important to secure all our information.
Hi Friends, today I’m going to share in this post how to get safe online activities on the internet.
15 Essential Tips To Stay Safe Online More Than Ever
1. Make a strong password:
Changing the login password once in 30 days or 60 days is a good idea. But, it’s a bit hard to remember all passwords.
For example, I mean you have 2 Gmail IDs, 1 Facebook Profile, 1 Twitter AC, 1 LinkedIn Profile and 1 is your NetBanking AC. That mean 6 IDs and 6 different password change in 30 days. It’s so boring to me and pattern to make a weak password.
Rather than changing your login password often‚ make a strong password. Make your password at least 8 characters long. Also, it must combination of letters, numeric and special characters. Like as max@LK*6 or pok@90$m and you can use for a while.
As a blogger, I have 25 to 30 kinds of IDs and passwords. And I am always following this combination to make my passwords strong.
But remember it: Never use name, title, DOB or any kind of your personal information.
2. Set up a recovery phone number and email address:
Someone hacked your email id and changed the password. Usually, you can’t access your inbox.
But you can get access again, only by your recovery phone number and email address.
So if you didn’t set! Setup Now.
Recovery phone number and email id secure your email id. It detects unusual activity in your email account. Even if you lost your password. Or anyhow your email id is locked!
In here for setup a recovery phone number or email address follow the below image.
For your yahoo and Hotmail id, you can also setup recovery email address.
3. Be careful about unwanted Emails:
Every day we’re getting lots of emails. Between them few personal and lots of promotional emails. Few of emails get that we can’t recognize the sender.
But, get from unwanted sources! Always be careful about this kind of emails. It might be a phishing email. Cyber criminals send the emails with various kinds of lucrative offers. Asking to give your secret information.
Read the article: To get more idea about Phishing Attacks and how to protect against them.
4. Turn on Firewall and BitLocker:
The Firewall prevents hackers or malicious software from access to your PC through the internet. It’s a bundle of security software tools coming with our system OS (Windows or Mac). So no need to install 3rd party Firewall software tools.
For your mobile phone, download a good Firewall application. Here NoRoot Firewall, a good free app. I am personally using the app for my Android mobile.
Another great option always turns on BitLocker to stay safe online.
BitLocker Drive Encryption protects data and prevents unauthorized access to any files stored on your computer. You can get access to as normal. But any unauthorized users can’t read or use your files (Source: Windows Help and Support).
5. Try not to click links without checking:
To stay safe online don’t click on any link without checking. It’s may be a phishing attack, installed malware on your system. All your data can be remove with a single click. Before clicking, check the site authenticity. Is the site Legitimate? Read user feedback on the website. Hackers and malware sender using now link shorten technique.
Like as: “http://example.com/assets/category_B/subcategory_C/Foo/” can be shortened to “https://example.com/Foo”, (source: en.wikipedia.org )
Also, have browser extensions to preview the site and expand short URL into original URL
For Google Chrome: Auto URL Expander, URL expander, Unshorten link.
For Firefox: Expand Short Url, LongURL Mobile Expander, WebrootShort URL Expander.
6. Avoid messages from strangers:
We face problems for unsafe apps and links sent as text messages from strangers. Always try to avoid messages from an unknown person. Sometimes we are getting messages for download new mobile apps. Receiving an offer message of lottery winnings or cheap funds.
Be careful when you get these types of messages. Because all are fake.
Download Apps only from Google Play or iOS App Store. But before that view other users’ reviews and check the app’s rating. Use paid Anti Virus software on your mobile and Tabs to check the downloaded App. Just like you are using on your laptop and desktop.
If you’re using Android devices, uncheck (disable) the “Unknown Sources” for security purpose. Your phone and personal data are more valuable to attack by apps from unknown sources.
To Disable go to phone SETTINGS>Security> Unknown Sources.
7. Setup login approvals on your Facebook profile:
Login approvals on Facebook are the Two-factor Authentication. This security feature helps to protect your Facebook account. And it protects your profile to get access from an unauthorized device.
You have set up login Approvals in Facebook profile. So it’ll be asked to enter a security code for confirming your login attempt. When someone tries to get access your Facebook profile from any devices! You will get an alert message. Even if you try to login into your profile from a new or unrecognized system! You have to use the security code that will send by Facebook to your mobile phone via text message.
For stay safe online and secure your Facebook profile, must be turn on the login approval feature.
You can see the step by step setup guide in the below picture.
8. Don’t do the things aren’t allowed on Social Media:
Don’t post, share photos and comments that aren’t allowed on social media. Since your post may be fake or break the site policies.
So you might be punishable or your ID may disable for violations of the terms.
Remember the things aren’t allowed to stay safe online on Facebook:
9. Try not to post family photos on social media:
Your profile in social media, only your personal personal. It’s not our family profile.
“But in particular, most of Facebook users post family pictures now and then.”
To be honest:
For worried free happy life! Don’t post your family members pictures on your Facebook wall.
Because when we post any things on social media, we usually expect more Likes, share, and comments!
But all comments are not good. Sometimes we’re getting some nasty comments also. Which can make your mood off and worry. The criminals can also use your family members photos with the bad intention.
10. Hide your mobile numbers, email id and birthday on Facebook:
To avoid unwanted emails, messages, and calls. Hide your contact information from public view on Facebook.
Go to your profile About page and check your contact and basic info and select Only me option. It will hide your contact information from public view. No one of the Facebook users can see your personal information.
11. Before Shopping online check the website’s URL:
Shopping online is the better to buy anything from a brick and mortar shop. It saves our time, offering good return policy and huge variety of items.
But always keep in mind:
Next time when you do online shopping, check the website’s URL (address) that begins with “https”, rather than “http”, and with a Padlock icon. ( a Lock symbol )
Since you have to give your MasterCard information, your name, address, contact number to make the online payment. But submit your secret information without checking the website integrity, it’s riskier.
So always buy from a trusted e-commerce site. Otherwise, you may be cheated by the fraud.
Padlock icon and https indicates that any sorts of communications between browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) and web server are encrypted. All information is safe and secured.
12. Don’t use free WiFi in public place To stay safe online:
Nowadays free WiFi is available at restaurants, hotels, airports, railway station. Even different places in your city. But hackers also more like free public WiFi to hack your information. So if you like to use it more, you’re more in danger. Hackers may target you easily.
But that doesn’t mean I am saying stay away from using the free WiFi. Take precautions to keep your data safe and to stay safe online on public WiFi.
Using free WiFi, always access HTTPS websites in the public place.
Sometimes, we need to put our personal information online.
But before sending, just think about what you’re going to give?Especially if it’s your identity proof, credit or debit card information and bank A/C details
Don’t share your information while connecting to free WiFi.
Keep your WiFi Off if you don’t need.
13. Use the paid antivirus rather than the free version:
More of us (internet user) know about antivirus, but don’t use. If too much, using a free antivirus.
But a free antivirus not giving you full protection.
It just gives some basic level of supports against threats. And you won’t get any technical support. So to secure your information and get your devices best performance always use premium version antivirus.
14. Don’t download files without scanning:
Almost everyone, we download songs, movies, tutorials for child education and so on. You already knew, to stay safe online always avoid downloading from illegitimate sites. But if the sites legitimate also, before downloading just scanning the file. It’ll take few moment, yet secure you from virus attracts.
In our professional life for sharing office documents, email is the most useful tool. You know the mail sender. Although while downloading any shared documents, scan the file. If you think the file is like a virus! Don’t download the attached file. Because your antivirus doesn’t 100% protect you. Sometimes updated premium version also can’t detect few dangerous viruses.
15. Keep the regular update of all your software:
Updating are essential to keep your system free from most recent security threats. It helps for better functionality and improves your mobile or laptop performance. You can update manually. But it’s better to choose auto update.
More of us are using smartphones , laptops, tabs in our day-to-day online working. Internet is a great thing to us. But it also makes us insecure about various kinds of cyber attack. Which types of fatal? We don’t have an idea. Always careful about your data. For stay safe online, don’t be silent if you victimized by cyber crime. Immediate registers complain to cyber crime cell and inform your local police.
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