TIPS TO PLAYING IT SAFE ONLINE
TIPS TO PLAYING IT SAFE ONLINE
The internet has revamped the human existence. In providing news, information, entertainment, carrying out research work, buying and selling items; the Internet has over the years been able to prove its importance to the human race.
However, going online has some dangerous effects that if not carefully initiated, you might end up distraught. This is why you must play it safe online.
In order to enjoy secure usage of the internet and avoid risks such as fraud and loss from fake shopping sites, viruses, spyware, copyright infringement, and exposure to inappropriate content, here are some tips you will always need to bear in mind.
1. Be mindful of the programs you install
Ensure that every program you intend to install is from a trusted source.
2. Carefully read through terms and conditions before accepting them
The truth is that, at some point when filling forms online we tend to just scroll through and tick on the “Accept” textbox. This is not a safe practice unless you have carefully read and understood every detail on the said document, because you are directly giving the website your consent by accepting their terms and condition. You should let it really count by carefully reading the T&C before giving your consent.
3. Ensure you choose very strong passwords when creating one
Passwords give you access to several platforms. Hackers tend to check for people’s middle names, girlfriend/boyfriend names, pet names, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, etc. and easily deduce your password.
Ensure you add letters such as; =,!,@, Caps lock, even numbers, when choosing a password. It strengthens your password.
4. Don’t share your personal details online
Sharing your personal details online is an awful idea that you will always end up regretting. Such vital information you share could be used by online fraudsters to carry out fraudulent activities.
5. Be very careful with who you share information with on social media
Never share information such as bank details, phone numbers, passwords, mother’s maiden name, address, and the likes, on social media.
6. Use an anti-virus program and a firewall
7. Secure your wireless router
You can secure your wireless router by disabling SSID broadcasting, enabling encryption, and enabling MAC filtering.
8. Turn off file sharing and network discovery when using a public wireless network
Right-click on the Network icon on your home screen tool bar. Click on Open Network and sharing center. Click on Change Advanced Sharing Settings. Locate Turn Off File Sharing and Network discovery when using a public wireless network. Check the Textbox. This prevents unprotected and non-consented access to your files when you are using a public wireless network.
9. Ensure you only download files from trusted sources
Almost all free download site have adware, crapware, malware or even spyware attached to the download files. This is one of the ways by which they make profit from the otherwise free download.
These adware, crapware, malware and spyware hijack browsers, insert ads, use hidden services with dark API functions that in turn will give them access to your system.
Be careful of what you download and the source from which you download from.
10. Use safe browsers
Using a safe browser is the best way to go if you intend to surf the net in the first place. Safety is key. You are prone to accidents that may be fatal at home, school, or the work place, if you are not safety cautious. The same thing applies to your online activities when you are not safety cautious. Using safe browsers secures you from the wolves of the internet that are willing to take advantage of any unsafe actions on your part.
11. Use your common sense
Don’t misconstrue this caption “Use your common sense”. This simply means that you should always ensure to check that all your online security features are turned on.
Be on the alert, when you see something online that doesn’t seem right, or that is too good to be true, don’t click on it until you have made proper investigations and checks.