Internet security has become a widely discussed topic in recent days, so we have prepared for you some useful tips and recommendations that every Internet user should follow. So, here are some recommendations. Before going anywhere on the internet, you need to know how and who provides you with content and how they are responsible for it.
Several entities mediate the transmission of web content between you and the web content that you see on the screen of your PC, laptop, mobile phone, etc. These include mobile operators, fixed cable TV providers, and many others. Their responsibilities include the secure transmission of participant data, but they are no longer responsible for what data they transmit.
You enter login, payment, and other data to the content provider (for example, Youtube, Google, various other portals, etc.). Thus, you have to solve problems caused by the rash entry of information on the Internet with the content provider, not with the connection provider.
Protect your data
Before entering your mobile number, address, and other confidential information on any website, including Facebook and other social networks or messengers such as Whatsapp, Skype, ICQ, etc., ask yourself: why? For what reason do they want this data from me?” Often there is no real reason for such a step, and the site de facto wants to get such information unnecessarily. This protects your confidential data, do not provide them thoughtlessly.
Similarly, protect your credit card, online banking, and more.
To register a lesser-known website or service, use a second email address configured for this purpose. These sites like to send out offers of other services (so-called “spam”) or sell your email to other content providers. Such a “backup” or “duplicate” email may eventually be redirected to your primary email or completely deactivated.
Beware of the so-called “requests for help” from various war veterans and the like, usually, this is so-called social engineering, where the goal is to mock your person.
Take the time to set up your privacy
Don’t use the same passwords everywhere.
The interest in your data is huge, through your data attackers can gain access to your account, misuse for various loans, etc. In particular, check the social networks you use and make sure that confidential data is not visible to everyone. Check your privacy settings very carefully and don’t neglect anything.
Beware of suspicious content and offers both in real life and on the Internet. Just as you avoid suspicious places and neighborhoods, a similar precaution applies to the Internet. Offers of free games, movies, and other tempting offers, including erotica, are often a trap for your data.
In the same way, you need to approach such banal things as posting personal and family photos on social networks or announcing the date when you will be away from home. It will be easier for potentially uninvited visitors to travel.
Dangerous Wi-Fi connection
Using public Wi-Fi should not be considered a secure network (often public Wi-Fi is in cafes, restaurants, public transport, etc.). If you use such a network, we strongly recommend that you do not enter any confidential data, as they can easily be misused.
Your passwords on the internet protect your digital identity. Use more complex and long passwords — various generators can help you — and keep them in a safe place. Several applications generate and protect passwords using encryption. If possible, use multi-factor authentication.
Download only from trusted and official sites. An attempt to save money does not necessarily have to pay off, because by downloading profitable software for free, you can lose much more than it may seem at first glance. With illegally obtained software or games, you also upload unwanted dangerous content, i.e. a potential source of illegal receipt of personal data about you.
Pay only on secure sites and deliberately
The addresses of secure websites start with “HTTPS” instead of the old “HTTP”, and you will find a lock icon in the address bar. This difference is proof that such a content provider does not take security lightly, and you may feel a little more secure. Secure sites are also used by banks, payment terminals, etc. The risk of making payments on insecure sites is high. It always means that everything is wrong.
Keep track of your information
Even if there is a right to “oblivion”, everyone creates their digital footprint, and the information you enter, for example, on Twitter or Facebook, can be copied. Then the request to delete from these services will not help you, because it does not apply to the mentioned copies, which you do not even know about. Therefore, always think about whether you enter information, photos, bank and payment details, and similar confidential data unnecessarily and whether they can harm you, your career, your family life, or someone around you.
Be careful when getting acquainted
People on the Internet can be someone else. You can create a personality with edited photos, texts, and other digital “spells”, thousands of friends, and the like. An attractive girl from the other side of the planet can very easily turn out to be a man who does not need a person who will just talk to him. Don’t believe a supposed war veteran that he genuinely loves you (if you’re a woman) and needs your money to make a fabulous legacy. Caution and balance are needed here.
Keep an eye on your antivirus
Although your Internet security software, unfortunately, cannot protect and neutralize all threats, it should not be neglected. If you keep it up to date (usually updated automatically), it can detect the vast majority of network malware and prevent threats to your computer and digital privacy.
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