7 Top Internet Safety Tips to Stay Secure Online

With numerous scams, hacks and malware, the Internet can somehow feel as dangerous as a battleground these days

Top Internet Safety Tips to Stay Safe Online

No one can deny that the Internet is a massive and vast part of so many people’s everyday lives as it is quite useful, fun and informative. Be noted – no matter how safe you feel when using it, you gotta secure your safety.


Good news is that you can protect your identity and information for years to come by getting into a habit of using good Internet safety practices.


In order to be safe on the Internet, keep your social media credentials private so that no one can easily find your details online. Let’s make it short, we’ve compiled a list of 7 Internet Safety tips which might help you learn how to stay safe while using the Internet;

  1. Create Secure internet Passwords
  2. Keep Your  Software Updated
  3. Use Two-Factor Authentication
  4. Boost your network security
  5. Use Antivirus Software to increase safety
  6. Click smartly
  7. Only visit secure URLs

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Always Create Secure internet Passwords


According to the survey in 2016, around 4% of people used “123456” as their password, making it the most common and easy to crack password of 2016. 

Creating a secure and strong password is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to prevent brute force password hacks. Simply, the more bulletproof password, the more difficult it is for hackers to infect your system. 

8 Top Internet Safety Tips to Stay Secure Online


Tips for creating a secure password are;

  • The password shouldn’t be less than 10 characters
  •  Do include a mix of numbers, special characters and lower case and upper case characters
  • Words from the dictionary shouldn’t be used
  • Don’t create a similar password for different websites

Having a strong password is very essential especially now we're living in an era of widespread hacks. One database breach on a website can reveal thousands if not millions of user passwords.

If in such scenario, you use the same password in another website, a hacker can easily trace it and login to your account.



Keep Your  Software Updated


Software security is a battle which doesn’t end and never will be. As susceptibilities arise and security errors are oppressed, whereas developers always patches updating their software and deliver users with better protection. In short, enabling automatic updates means great peace of mind as delaying these updates leaves your operating system more susceptible to an attack.


Latest Technology Updates don’t harm your computer or smartphone but keep your operating system, web browser, and other software up to date to reduce the overall risk of a security breach.


Use Two-Factor Authentication


Taking a two-factor authentication takes your e-safety to the next level, without a doubt. 

Several well-reputed websites that contain vital financial or personal information such as LinkedIn, Gmail, PayPal, and banking websites has already adopted this measure of extra security. 

Most of the websites text verification code, while others may send a link in the email for authentication. Whether you like or not, but 2FA is indeed an effective way of preventing fraudulent activities.


Boost your network security


When at home or in your workplace, you probably make use of a strong password protected router, thereby encrypting your data. When not at home. I bet you love connecting your devices to public Wi-Fi as it doesn’t charge even a penny? Keep in mind that it poses some significant security risks.




An example is; Man-In-The-Middle attack is quite common on public Wi-Fi through which hackers get access to your personal emails, and passwords with less hassle.


Now that you've read the first two tips before this one and you're about working on keeping your logins safe, also make sure your connections are secure.


Tip: While using public Wi-Fi, assume someone is watching you. Never enter login details or banking information when connecting but if you do need to send some sort of important information, use  a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to create a more secure connection.


Use Well-reputed Antivirus Software to increase safety


Antivirus software plays a vital role in helping you stay secure on the Internet. A well-known and leading IT security solution prevents malicious software from entering into your operating system and clean up any issues which might slip past your system’s defences. 


All you have to do is, enable auto updates and ensure your antivirus settings are suited to your browsing habits and needs.


Antiviruses aren't really used by those who are experienced in IT as their are better advanced ways of protecting yourself from online hacks. Notwithstanding, this measure is a great way for the ordinary persons with no knowledge of IT to secure from malitious apps and programmes downloaded on the internet.


Click Smartly



Now that you’re about putting great tech measures into place, also make sure you don’t invite danger to your system or revealing your details through clicking of suspicious links. 


Have you ever somehow been on and required to put your login details on a webpage resembling a popular social network or website like facebook? Maybe you've received a spam email saying something like "click here to get blah blah". Ignore such request.


This type of attack is known as phishing or social engineering, where you're tricked into revealing personal or sensitive information for fraudulent purposes.


Another reason you should click smartly while online is the risk of infecting your system with malware. Don't respond to that suspicious message urging you to "click here" or "download this" by reciprocating to the request. 


Doing such exposes your system to great risk.\



Only release your personal info on secure URLs


When shopping online, or doing sensitive transactions on the internet, always be on the lookout to see if the site’s address begins with “https”, instead of “http”, and has a padlock icon in the URL field saying Secure


This shows that the website uses encryption to scramble your information so it can’t be intercepted by hackers.


Also, be on watch for website URLs having bad grammar or misspellings in their web addresses. They're likely to be copycats of legitimate websites created to trick you into thinking it is the actual site you have in mind(like what I talked about on the previous tip). 


Use this safe search tool  McAfee to stay miles clear of risky sites.


Summary

The internet is never a fully safe nor secure place. Plenty people discoveres this the hard way every day and seems not to know how it all happened.

Hopefully, these above tips will go a long way in making sure your safety is guaranteed while online.


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Top Internet Safety Tips to Stay Secure Online



Gohar Abbas from Techenguru.com

Internet safety guidelines are aside for a short second, we’ve also got you covered if you’re in a search of Cool Gadgets Reviews as well as Latest Updates about Hackers Lounge and Life Hacks.

16 comments:

  1. Hey Gohar,

    this is indeed a very nice post you got here, definitely being safe while surfing the internet has been my number one priority and hence i do everything possible to secure myself. thanks for this tips, it was really helpful.

    thanks for sharing it here on Spyhood! have a great day.

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  2. Very useful details.
    One got to be very careful.on the net..
    Use technology safely
    Thank you..
    God bless you..

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  3. Great info about online security. I have always been very suspicious of public wifi, so i try not to use. Its good you also mention the mispelling for websites trying to appear like a certain website. The public needs lots of education on cybersecurity, cos it really does make the world unsafe esp since we have so much personal info online.

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    1. Yes I agree. Cybersecurity should be one of the top priorities anyone should have though its being overlooked. I hope this article did enlighten you and others who read it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Excellent tips here. Quite useful with the rise in cybercrime!

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    1. Thanks Boniface. Hope to see you back soon.

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  6. So useful tips! I could definitely use a few.

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  7. My mom has recently been a victim of online banking fraud, so I'm definitely going to send her some of these super helpful tips! It's bittersweet how the internet has improved our lives in so many ways, but have also made us more vulnerable in others.

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    1. I'm sorry about your mom's experience. More reason we should all learn to stay safe.

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  8. Awesome tips to implement. I am always sceptical of many websites and free wifi. And my laptop keeps connecting to each every time automatically. These are good meausures for to take

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  9. The best tip I would say is a VPN. I am glad I use PureVPN to stay secure online.

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    1. Thanks for your contribution. VPNs are very good and I'll be sure to add this in the next update.

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  10. Since I cannot comment on your other post, I chose to comment here cause I know internet is not a safe place especially for our personal and private information of life. It is very important to secure it. Thanks for this tips!

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