A 19-year-old New Hampshire candidate for public office learned the hard way about Internet safety. It was revealed that he had shared photographs on social media that indicated his past drug use. In a matter of seconds, his political aspirations were over. Not only has he been victimised by someone he met online, but also by fraud, identity theft, and even bodily harm. As more people use mobile devices to access the Internet, these dangers are evolving and increasing.
That doesn’t mean basic Internet safety rules have changed because apps outnumber webpages in most people’s daily online interactions. Despite this, hackers are on the prowl for information they may exploit to get access to your financial accounts.
This might lead to embarrassing personal comments or images being posted online, or becoming mixed up with people you’d prefer to avoid.
You can avoid getting into trouble online by following these six Internet safety principles.
#1 Keep Personal Information Professional and Limited
Employers and consumers don’t need to know anything about your personal life or where you live. They must have access to information about your experience and credentials, as well as a way to contact you. Personal information is something you wouldn’t share with a stranger if they approached you in person. Don’t share that information with millions around the world online either. Look out for any video on YouTube to ensure the safety of your data.
#2 Ensure that your privacy settings are on
Marketers and hackers both want to know everything about you. When you use the internet and social media, both parties can learn a great deal. You, on the other hand, have control over the data that pertains to you. Setting options are available for both web browsers & mobile operating systems to keep you safe when you’re browsing the web. Well-known websites like Facebook offer options for enhancing user privacy. These options are hidden because firms value your data for marketing purposes. Make certain that these privacy precautions are activated and that they remain enabled.
#3 Practice Safe Browsing
Visiting risky zones online is like walking through a bad neighbourhood—do not do it. To lure unsuspecting victims, hackers rely on graphic material. They are aware that dubious content lures consumers when searching for it, and that this can lead to lowering their guard. A single negligent click in the Internet’s demimonde can reveal personal information and contaminate your device with malware. If you don’t succumb to the temptation, hackers won’t have a chance.
#4 Keep Your Internet Connection Safe. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
For example, when you use public Wi-Fi, you have no full control over the security of the connection. The “endpoints”—the sites where a private network interfaces to the outside world—are a source of concern for corporate experts. Your local Internet connection is the weak link in your security chain. When in doubt, wait until a better moment before submitting information like your bank account number. Make sure your device is secure.
Use a virtual private network (VPN) to enhance your online security (a virtual private network). Using a virtual private network (VPN) gives you a secure connection between your device as well as an Internet server that no one can see or access. VPNs can be researched online if you’d want.
#5 Use Caution When Downloading Anything
Hackers’ primary objective is to deceive you into downloading malicious software, such as malicious applications or apps designed to steal your data. This malware can be camouflaged as an app, such as a popular game or an app that monitors traffic or even the weather. If an app looks dubious or comes from an unverified source, don’t install it.
#6 Selecting Robust Passwords
One of the Internet’s most vulnerable points is passwords, although there is no way to avoid them. Problematic passwords include “password” and “123456,” which are obvious to criminals since they are easy to remember. Select passwords that are difficult for hackers to crack. To avoid losing track of several passwords, you can use a password manager program. A good password is at least 15 characters in length and contains a variety of symbols, letters, and numbers.
The Internet security software detects and removes most of the malware, but it’s important to keep it up to date. Stay on top of operating system updates and application updates. A crucial layer of protection is provided by them.
Those who follow these six fundamental Internet safety guidelines will be protected from many of the horrible surprises that await the careless online.