The internet is an amazing thing, full of knowledge, stories and conversation. But it can also be a dangerous place if you don’t know how to protect yourself properly.
Follow this guide to staying safe online, and you will be fine.
If you have good security software, it should update itself automatically, but always check to be sure. If you do not update your software, it could result in catching viruses online, and that may mean losing everything because you would have to wipe it clean and restart, and no one wants that to happen.
Always make sure your wifi is closed, and your password is private; otherwise, people might start trying to use it if they live close enough. This could end up costing you money and slowing down your connection due to so many people using it.
Whenever you need to create a password; come up with something original. Never use your birthday, or your names – you’re just making it easy for people to hack your accounts! Come up with something unique and random, something that no one would ever guess. Also try not to use the same password for everything, because if someone ever does find out what it is, they will then have access to absolutely every account you have online.
Back up all of you data, including files, documents, photos, videos and anything else you have of importance. By doing so, if your system ever gets stolen or damaged, at least you know you haven’t lost anything for good.
Never shop on a website that doesn’t have the “https” at the beginning, along with a mini padlock logo beside the URL, as this is what lets you know the site is 100% secure. Also, when you get asked for your card details, NEVER automatically “save them for the future” online. Although the website itself may be secure, there are always hackers sniffing around somewhere, and by keeping records of your important card details, it’s just making it a lot easier for them to steal from you.
Don’t click on the links that pop up or the emails that end up in your spam folder- they’re there for a reason. One click of a bad link could end very badly by taking you through a messy virtual portal that feeds off your healthy system. With different software from ATB Technologies, like anti spam security, you will no longer have to worry as it’ll take care of it for you.
If it sounds too good to be true – it most likely is. Anyone claiming to be part or a charity organization, or saying that you have just won a whole bunch of money; are scammers. If you start to engage in conversation, they will eventually try and create a transaction involving a certain sum of money. These are all lies – do not get sucked into it. Don’t even reply back, just delete them, block them, and don’t look back.
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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