You should know that internet is a place where people can do many things such as you can find information, do online shopping, do online transaction, Chat on Social networking sites and lots more. But it is also a place where cyber hackers & cyber criminals exists and looks to trap internet users. However, the power to be safe is in your hand and it is at your fingertips. If you develop and maintain a good habit of online activity then you will have safer and more enjoyable place on internet.
Below find out 7 good habits for safer internet that will take only few minutes to learn and you can easily execute them into your daily internet life.
1 – Identify URLs Before Clicking
There is a saying – “think before you click”. Cyber criminals always try to trap users by making duplicate sites that look legitimate and real like original websites. To check the URL – just drag the cursor over the displayed URL, and the legitimate URL will display itself with a small pop-up. If it looks suspicious then don’t click on it.
You can also check the URL from the URL shorteners sites like bit.ly and tinyurl.com, you just need to add plus sign (+) at the end of the URL to find out the legitimate source. For mobile apps always download the apps from trusted sources like Google Play Store, Microsoft.com or Java.com. For QR codes, select a reader app that allow you to preview of the URL before opening the link.
2 – Make Strong Passwords
A password is the main key that gives you the access to your online activities. This is the only protection, so keep this in mind.
Several websites inform you when you create a new password while registering your account. If the sites notify you that your password is weak or not secure then just make a better one.
- Avoid using your name, birth date, phone numbers, common phrases or words.
- Also avoid common keyboard pattern such as “Qwerty2.”
- Make a password by using mix letters, numbers, symbols and cases so that it can’t be predicted by hackers.
- One can also use random-password creator app to make and save unique password.
3 – Lock your Computer/Mobile Screen
You don’t know who can access you computer or mobile devices when you are not around your PC or phone, hence it is important to lock your screen to avoid unauthorized access. In the office, co-employee or guest can view your PC and thus the private information gets public.
It just takes few seconds to lock your PC just press Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and then select the option “Lock This Computer”. For mobile devices, make use of passcode features to lock your smartphones/tablets screen.
4 – Think Twice Before you Post to Social Media
Social Media sites are good for fun and remain in touch with friends and family. Be aware about what you post. Just keep below mentioned tips:
- Always keep your personal information protected as well as ask your friends and family to protect their private data, including relationships.
- Be aware when you participate into any games or surveys. Also be very cautious while clicking on links suggested by friends or other.
- Always check and update your privacy and security settings.
- Always obey your company rules for business conduct.
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5 – Protect Mobile Devices from Loss/Stolen
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are portable and therefore the chances for data loss are higher in these devices. One can easily lose or misplace these devices, so keep the below guidelines:
- Always make user that you keep your mobile phone with you at public places
- Never keep devices in your checked baggage while travelling
- Make a list of email id and phone numbers so that when you device get lost or stolen they will get notification about it.
6 – Protect Data on Removable Media and Mobile Devices
Removable Media such as USB drives and mobile devices allow us to easily carry data and share data. But it can also result in data misuse or loss. So keep below mentioned guidelines:
- Encrypt all data if possible
- Always keep a backup of your data
- Erase all data when you give, donate or sell your devices to other
- Use anti-virus software and keep it updated.
7 – If you use public Wi-Fi then use it Safely
Using public Wi-Fi is more risky than using Home and corporate Wi-Fi, because you do not know about their security features. However, when you use Public Wi-Fi keep these things in your mind:
- Never access sensitive information like banking, online shopping transactions.
- Make sure websites you visit use HTTPS and display lock icon
- Do not use public computer such as in office, hotel and restaurant for accessing personal information
So these good habits practices will help you to protect you from internet as well cyber threats. You are the first line of security in protecting yourself, your devices and your friends against security risk.