In today’s digital age, you are no doubt connecting to the internet daily. While the internet is a place of great utility, it can also be dangerous if you are careless when it comes to security.
While websites and applications will ask you to create logins and passwords, these alone are not enough to ensure your protection from things like viruses, malware, and identify theft. Take a look at the following tips for protecting yourself online.
The most significant danger to internet security is a personal human error. It only takes one click on a link that you aren’t sure of for malware to be downloaded to your computer and infect it, potentially compromising things like your credit card information. Unless you are on a validated website or are communicating with trusted friends, then you should never click on a link you aren’t sure of.
Don’t trust every email your receive
Many scams and viruses online work by preying on the ignorant by pretending to be corporate entities or government bodies and encouraging people to urgently click on their link. The most obvious cases are emails that claim you’ve won a cash prize, but others will pretend to be a thing like tax agencies who threaten legal action to create a sense of urgency and scare you into clicking.
You should make sure you are familiar with the policies of the companies and government bodies you interact with, so you can identify when an email is fraudulent. You can usually tell if a sender is fake by mousing over their name and seeing an email address that looks like it was randomly generated with lots of random characters and numbers.
Don’t use the same password on everything
While using the same password for every account may make things easier to remember, it makes it easier for a malicious agent to compromise your accounts. If someone discovers your password to one website, then it means they can hack into your accounts on other sites too.