The World Wide Web is a fantastic resource, but as with everything, it has its risks. This guide will give you some hints and tips how to stay safe online.
01. Use secure password.
An experiment by the website Ars Technia showed that expert hacker could crack 90% of the 16.449 passwords laid in front of them (even long and complex ones) Why not try a site such as howsecureismypassword.net to see how secure yours really is?
02. Use different password for different sites.
If you use the seam password for different sites, then someone only need to get into one of your accounts to potentially unlock all the rest.
03. Be careful what you click on.
Ever visited those website which make it really difficult to work out which link you need to click on in order to download the file you want, cluttering the screen with all manner of other links to various item or services for sale? Either trade very carefully or just move on. Clicking on a bogus link – whether it be on site like that, on pop-up windows or on seemingly legitimate websites – can introduce viruses and malware to your computer. Always keep a close eye on what you are clicking and downloading.
04. Do not speed through forms online.
Read everything closely. Are you downloading something? Then check that you are not accidentally downloading an accompanying app at the seam time –often boxes offering an extra piece of software are pre-ticked, leaving you with an app you do not want or, just as bad, an annoying toolbar on your browser that is difficult to shift.
05. Sign out of accounts.
It is easily done – especially during a busy day at work, or if you are working in a library.
06. Lock the screen.
Secure every device with password or passcode (especially smartphones). It is an extra security layer that will also help.
07. Look out for HTTPS://
Secure websites have an ‘s’ in the http:// part of URL. It is not foolproof since criminal can mimic this but it is good indication that the connection will be encrypted and therefore greater protection.
08. Avoid scams.
If it look too good to be true, then it usually is. The same goes for all of those various emails that promise to make you rich, or very cheap iPones
09. Use a virtual keyboard.
If you worry about keylogging, where every tap of the keyboard is registered by rogue software, then use a virtual keyboard to log into online services.
10. Disallow cookies.
Cookies allow website to track you preference and configure themselves accordingly every time you visit them – perhaps offering products ‘You may also like’ or content you may be interested in. You can decide whether to have them on or off.
11. Check for your name.
Since phishing emails are sent as a spam, the scammer won’t have your real name. Phishing attempts usually start with ‘Dear Customer’, or a variation along those lines. Reputable companies would address emails with your real name so if this doesn’t appear, you should be incredibly wary and delete the massage.
12. Never open file attached.
If you suspect an email is phishing attempt, or if you have received an email from an unknown source, never open any attached files – because they could leave you vulnerable to malware. If you want to see those revealing celebrity pictures, or whatever, Google is your friend.