The internet is a wonderful tool because it allows us to have information right at our fingertips. However, it can also be a very dangerous place. Many people have had their personal information stolen while surfing the internet. Fortunately, there are ways that you can enhance your security while you are browsing the web.
Be Careful with Email
Many emails today contain phishing scams and malware. If an email looks suspicious, then it is best for you to not open it. You should also avoid opening attachments if you do not know where it came from. If you get an email about a past due balance, then it is best for you to visit the website directly.
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Use an Antivirus
One of the best ways to stay safe while surfing the internet is to use an antivirus on your computer. Most antiviruses also protect against malware, which is another term for malicious software. Your antivirus will periodically scan your device and remove any viruses that it finds.
Update Your Privacy Settings
If you use Yahoo, Facebook or another social networking site, then you will need to periodically update your privacy settings. You can usually update your privacy settings by using the settings menu. Many social networking sites will automatically share certain items with the public. Adjusting your settings will allow less of your information to be shared with people.
Over-sharing on social media puts you at risk in a number of ways. For example, if your whereabouts are shared publicly, then this can put you at risk for getting your home broken into. It could also put your job at risk.
Using the right password is an easy way to keep yourself safe while surfing the internet. Make sure that you use a complex password for every website. Your password should have numbers and symbols in order to make it harder to guess.
You will also need to get into the habit of changing your password on a regular basis. You definitely want to change the passwords for your email addresses, online banking and work on a regular basis.
Surfing the World Wide Web can put your personal information at risk. You can protect your information by following these tips while you’re browsing the web. If you’re looking to protect a larger organization like a school or business, consider working with a company like Circadian Risk or someone similar to help you assess the areas in which you might be weakest. Remember that you can’t take your privacy too lightly. Hopefully this will help you be better protected online.
By Kara Masterson