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Tips to Keep The Hackers at Bay on the Internet

While the internet is always fun to play around on, that’s not to say it does not have its dangers. It is infested with distasteful characters like hackers, scammers, and malware artists. These people are out there, waiting for you to make a mistake so that they can latch onto you like parasites to feed on your money, sensitive information, and identity. With that in mind, here are ten cyber safety tips every Internet user must know.

 

  • Be smart with passwords: Use uppercase, lowercase, special characters and numbers in your password
  • Lock your device: Use a pin, password, pattern, and face lock
  • Apply software updates: Use patched & up-to-date browsers, software, and OS
  • Always log off: Avoid selecting keep me logged in” or “remember me,” especially on public computers
  • Beware of freeware: download free software only from verified publishers
  • Shop from trusted sites: Your money and data are safe with well-known online stores
  • Know your online friends: Accept friend requests only from people you know
  • Use secure websites: Shop and bank only on sites whose URL begins with “https.”
  • Use 2-step verification: you’ll receive a passcode every time you log in to your account
  • Use an antivirus: It’ll protect your PC against hackers and malware

 

When you are on the move or visiting a foreign country with no data connectivity, public Wi-Fi. However, while this access to public Wi-Fi networks is convenient, it can put your data at risk from attackers. This is because such networks are often not secured. Here are some of the dangers associated with using unsecured Wi-Fi networks followed by six security tips you must consider before using it.

Dangers of using unsecured Wi-Fi:

 

  • Your login ID and passwords can be stolen
  • The hacker can control your computer, its network, and data
  • The hacker can get inside the company’s network
  • Your online accounts can be hijacked and used illegally
  • You can be redirected to infected or phishing websites

 

Safety Tips:

 

  • Use a virtual private network (VPN)
  • Only use secure websites
  • Apply 2-factor authentication
  • Turn Auto wifi connect off
  • Use a multilayered antivirus software