The Internet has become a basic need of human beings after food, shelter, and clothes. We spend most of our time in a day on the internet. We use the internet for almost everything, from ordering food, buying clothes online to looking for houses on property sites. We pay online by submitting our details online. But have you ever wonder how safe are you online?
In this article, we are going to talk about online security and how to be safe online while using the internet. So, let’s get started.
How to Be Safe online on The Internet?
Cyber Security and Privacy: How safe is the internet?
As technology regarding the internet improves, one must question, “Is our data safe? What about our identity?” The answer is NO. Our data is not safe whether it is regarding the social media, where our data can be obtained legally as we are the ones putting ourselves out there, or where we can lose our data to illegal methods.
Nowadays it is a lot easier to lose your data compared to the early users of the internet since now there are more loopholes, an increased number of hacking techniques and more experienced hackers. Let us start with what should you do and what you should not do.
You have probably noticed A lot of popups appearing while you are surfing the internet. They ask you to put your email address or put your phone number and sometimes claim you have won something huge, like a lottery you never participated in, for crying out loud. Sometimes on websites, you can get asked for your Credit Card Number and password.
It would be a wise decision to not be fooled by these gimmicks – never share data as sensitive as this on websites that are not verified or trusted. Never put your email address or phone number into any unverified website on the internet because that will put your personal data at risk and can potentially cause you the loss of funds.
The internet is full of scams and it needs you to be able to spot shady websites or red flags that can appear and they will show you that these sites are not verified nor safe for you to be on, let alone share data on.
Among these red flags are-
• A lot of advertisements and redirections
• The absence of a green lock icon before the name of the website
• A lot of pop-ups
2. Stay anonymous on Social Media
Using social media is one of the easiest methods of losing your data. If you are using social media and have a personal image of you as a profile picture, that is not a good way to protect yourself. Your image can easily be reverse searched and through google hackers or say stalkers can find a big chunk of what they need about you. When using social media, you should be very careful because your data is simply out there in the open.
3. Deep Web
The Deep Web is something very commonly known amongst internet users, it is usually taken into use by the ones who want to access it for various not-so-common reasons, like purchasing things that are not so easily found. If you are a hacker it is very easy for you to find amateur users trying to use the deep web to hack and steal their data. So, what should you actually do to protect yourself on the internet? All of the things we discussed above were things you should avoid doing.
Here is what you should be doing.
1. Use a VPN
VPN or virtual private network is an application used by internet users to mask their IP address. Usually, the IP address given to you by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is exposed to the website you are visiting. Getting your IP address exposed to verified websites is not an issue, the real issue is your IP being exposed when visiting shady websites or even worse – when visiting the deep web.
2. Download from Trusted Websites
Sometimes you would want to download a specific file so you would surf the internet for it. You might get lucky and find links for it but don’t rush into it so fast, a lot of these links can cause files that are full of viruses to be downloaded from your device once you agree to download data from them.
Furthermore, some sites might require you to turn off the anti-virus when installing that file- you should never do that unless you really trust that website because it can cause your entire windows to crash or loss of data in case you catch on a virus. It is always better to choose trusted applications or known websites to download files from and this is the safest route possible.
3. Use an Antivirus
Some would argue that using an Anti-virus is not important but in fact, it is very important. Anti-virus applications provide the firewall feature. It makes sure your computer is protected from hackers and protected from popups that appear when visiting shady websites. Applications that provide protection from malware and carries out the ad block function are of extreme importance as well.
These applications are most of the times free for a trial or they have a free version. if you do find the application compatible with your requirements, you can buy the full premium plan. they are usually worth the money they command. it is better to never compromise on security.
4. Adult Supervision
If you have children using the internet, it is very important that you maintain supervision on the websites that they access. Children can also be using applications that do have the in-app purchases option. It is very imperative to keep strict surveillance so they wouldn’t share your credit card data online causing it to be hacked or cause a massive loss of money accidentally or by making unwise decisions.
After all, they are only kids.
It is always a good idea to lock some applications and functions with your fingerprints to avoid any mishaps. In addition, some applications can be used that can block access to specific websites so your children can roam through the internet safe and sound. Top applications that perform this function are:
• Child Lock
• Kids Zone
• Toddler Lock
• Kids Place
Surfing the internet and downloading files from the internet has a risk of losing personal data and putting your personal belongings in danger of being lost. All of this can be easily avoided if you protect yourself through caution and having the necessary protection you need. The protection you need of course varies depending on the kind of your internet usage. That’s it for today.
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