We are told again and again that the internet is an unsafe place, full of groomers, hackers and identity thieves. This is true to a certain degree, but the reality is that you will only attract the negative if you give them a reason to, mainly by being unsafe online. By implementing some very easy online security measures, you will be able to enjoy the internet in full, without having to worry about what others are doing and whether or not you are a target.
First of all, you must understand the importance of passwords. Your password is yours and yours alone and you should never give it to anyone. You should also use different passwords for different accounts, and do not write them down. The passwords themselves will ideally be at least 8 characters long and contain a combination of numbers and letters, some of which are in capitals. You should also frequently change your password, preferably every six months. Finally, even though your browser offers to save your passwords, you should never do so. The next big tip is that you should always make sure that your operating system and software are fully up to date. Although these frequent updates may seem annoying to you, and you may find it easier to perform an update once a month or some other time period, you should actually do it as and when prompted. This is because the updates generally are security ones. Indeed, this is why most people don’t notice any difference after installing an update, as it is not something visible. Also, you need to be very selective in terms of the links you choose to click on. Do not click on any links in emails, particularly if you aren’t 100% sure that you can trust the source.
A few other important tips will also help you to increase your security. You should frequently backup your device, for starters. Naturally, you should also have an excellent internet security program on your computer and don’t forget to turn on the firewall. Your software should be both anti-virus and anti-malware. It needs to be stressed again how important it is to always keep these programs up to date. If you want to go even more secure, you can use an OpenDNS server, that allows you to opt-in to additional online security. Additionally, you can sign up to an anonymous VPN, which means there are no electronic records of who you are or where you are when you access the internet. By following these simple steps, you will fully protect yourself online. The internet is a wonderful place and it is very easy to protect yourself from the small minority of bad people who can be found online.