Learn How To Use the Internet Safely
Access to the Internet has never been easier, and will only improve as technology evolves and increases its reach to people who have never used it. That is one its important to understand how to navigate the internet safely to protect yourself.
With the internet expanding constantly, thus compounding the threats to us increases on a daily basis. Browsing the internet comes with its benefits and drawbacks, and here is 4 ways you can protect yourself.
BEWARE WHAT YOU CLICK
Yes, the headline above is in all capital letters because it’s probably one of the most important things you should remember when online.
Spammers and phishing websites do everything they can to try to trick you into clicking on a link you may think is legitimate, but is far from it.
Key Things To Remember:
- No business is going to solicit you via email to have prompt you to login with your credentials.
- You don’t have a long lost relative in a foreign country that just left you a windfall of cash.
- Nothing is free! Every click is back ended by someone’s intention. That “free” software install comes with extras that track your stuff.
A good method to avoid being played is to hover over a hyperlink to see where the destination leads. If you see lots of letters or numbers or a website name that doesn’t make sense. That is because it doesn’t.
- If the hyperlink in the URL doesn’t match what the words in the text say, avoid click on it at all costs.
Don’t Save Passwords in Browsers, Ever…
Easy to log in, easy to swipe.
Make sure you have to manually insert you usernames and passwords when entering your information online.
Make it that much harder for an identity thief to swipe your information. This is especially important if you are using a public computer.
Make Sure Purchases Are Secured
When getting ready to purchase something online, make sure the hyperlink has an “https” at the very front of it.
This helps ensure the connections you have with the site are secure and private.
Making an online payment without this at the beginning of a hyperlink could leave your personal information vulnerable to those who are looking to steal it.
Clear out your browsing history, cookies and cache after you use a browser
Back when the Internet was still in its “early” stages, not erasing your browsing history or “cookies” was important because Internet speeds were relatively slow in the days of dial-up modems.
With today’s modern cable/broadband speeds, that’s less of an issue than it was than.
Clearing your browser helps clear space in your disk drive and helps your computer operate more smoothly. Within your browser navigate to your tools, then internet options. This should allow you to make the setting to clear your browser information often.
In most cases common sense and the sniff test are enough to keep you protected. When in doubt…don’t click.
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