Advice on online safety and security
Internet has become a necessary necessity of life.
15:00 10 August 2019
Gone are the days, when we used internet as a luxury. Nowadays, it is impractical and almost impossible to assume our life without it. As more and more people are starting to use internet everyday and they are getting dependent on it, online security threats are also increasing.
New user alert!
When a new user starts to use internet, he becomes the soft target of online threats which in fact, have become so technical, that if you do not ensure your safety by yourself, it would be very hard to avoid their consequences, even for the experience internet users. In this article, we are going to share some common safety tips, which everybody should follow religiously, in order to minimize the chances of any online misadventures.
Tips to ensure online security
The best way to ensure your online safety is by ensuring the protection of your identity. You should avoid sending or receiving any kind of confidential information online. This will minimize the chances of data leak and your personal information would remain that way. You should specially try to avoid sharing any kind/s of password, like that of your devices or internet banking or any other kind of confidential information because the chances of getting misadventures through them is immense in internet.
Also most of the companies are looking for your personal data and they are most likely to sell this information in the open market, which then intelligently, would try to use that information to sell products to you. Some of the people can even do use that information to exploit you in different ways.
A simple and effective way to avoid such misfortune is by strictly keeping your online identity professional. So, use a dummy name in a chat room or while playing online roulette, do not share any personal data with anyone and especially with somebody who don't know. This can be very dangerous so refrain it from it.
Some of you might not be aware that open Wi-Fi to could also be used for stealing data from your device. Hackers are always looking for soft targets and they often offer free wi-fi service for this purpose. Once you get connected to it, the people who know the in and outs of Technology can use that to steal the personal data from your device while you are using the free wi-fi service.
So first of all, try to use your own Wi-Fi as much as possible and make sure that it has got the required security. Next, even if you have to use a public wi-fi service in case of emergency, do not use it to share any personal information; just complete the emergency task and then get disconnected from it.
Use technology to battle with technology!
In order to prevent online security thefts, you should always have the latest and the best anti-virus software installed in your device and you should keep that updated on a regular basis. Also check out your security settings on a regular basis and pay attention to the updates and warnings that are shown as pop ups and notifications on your system. Plus, keep it properly updated with the latest security updates.
Another way of getting yourself in trouble is by installing a new app. Though there are lots of interesting and tempting apps that you will see on internet, some of them may well contain a Malware which can harm your computer. It can not only cause your computer or cell phone device to malfunction, but it can also be used to steal your personal information and data from your device.
So it is highly recommended that you avoid installing any application from an un-trusted source, however good or efficient it looks. If you are looking for a good app, try to purchase it from a reliable source or download it from a reliable and trusted platform like Google Play Store
Ensuring your child’s online security
Lots of children start using internet at an early age. They are curious in using internet and often likes to experiment with it, but as they are immature, at times they may well find themselves in a situation, in which they do not know how to deal or react. Although, you should provide freedom to you children and allow them using internet, you should also ensure that they use it sensibly.
In order to avoid any misadventure, protect your device by a password and ensure that you either monitor their browsing activities on a regular basis or use a Spy App or software that can do this job for you. This is important because you have to keep a note of what they are browsing. Do not interfere or preach them too much on what they should do, but also keep a check on their activities and sensibly advise them as and when necessary. In this way they will not only be able to learn from internet and but at the same time they will also be able to ensure their own online safety.
Final words of wisdom!
Finally, all these tips would not work if you fail to use your own discretion power and judgment at the end of the day! Common sense should prevail on what you should do and what if you not do online. A simple understanding towards right and wrong will be enough for you to save you from any online misadventures.
There are always going to be people who are always looking out for your personal information because that is there job! Some of them even have a sadist attitude and they simply like to trouble people online but if you are cautious while using internet and when you use the precautionary measures that are described in this article, you should be able to minimize any chances of online security threats of any kinds. We hope that the information that we have shared in this piece of text would be helpful for you and enable you to understand the world of internet better.