As European day for safer internet day is approaching, we should learn simple tips for safe internet browsing
- Make sure your internet connection is secure:
When you go online in a public place, for example by using a public Wi-Fi connection, you have no direct control over its security
Corporate cybersecurity experts worry about “endpoints”—the places where a private network connects to the outside world. Your vulnerable endpoint is your local Internet connection. Make sure your device is secure, and when in doubt, wait for a better time (i.e., until you’re able to connect to a secure Wi-Fi network)
- Be careful what you are downloading
A top goal of cybercriminals is to trick you into downloading malware—programs or apps that carry malware or try to steal information. This malware can be disguised as an app: anything from a popular game to something that checks traffic or the weather. Don’t download apps that look suspicious or come from a site you don’t trust.
- Choose strong passwords
Passwords are one of the biggest weak spots in the whole Internet security structure.
the problem with passwords is that people tend to choose easy ones to remember (such as “password” and “123456”), which are also easy for cyber thieves to guess.
Password manager software can help you to manage multiple passwords so that you don’t forget them. A strong password is one that is unique and complex—at least 15 characters long, mixing letters, numbers and special characters.
- Shop online from secure sites only
Any time you make a purchase online, you need to provide credit card or bank account information—just what cybercriminals are most eager to get their hands on. Only supply this information to sites that provide secure, encrypted connections -Address that begins with https: (S-safe means secure) and not simply http :. Safe sites can also be marked with a padlock icon next to the address bar.
- Do not unnecessarily disclose personal information
Potential employers or customers may not know your personal relationship status or home address. They need information about your expertise, professional background, and how to connect with you. You wouldn’t disclose personal information to a stranger, so why share with millions of people online.
- Leave your privacy settings turned on
Merchants and hackers can learn a lot about you from browsing on social media. However, you can manage access to your information.
Both web browsers and mobile operating systems have settings to protect your online privacy. Major websites, such as Facebook, also have settings to increase privacy. These settings are sometimes (intentionally) difficult to find because companies require your personal information for their marketing value. Make sure you have enabled these security measures and leave them on.
- Be careful what you post
The Internet does not have a button to delete unwanted content. Any comment or picture you post online can stay online forever. Deleting the original does not delete any copies made by other people. There is no way to “withdraw” status that you would no longer share or get rid of the awkward selfie that came out at a party.
- Be careful who you communicate with online
Fake social media profiles are a popular way for hackers to access your information conveniently. So be as careful and sensible in your online space as you are in personal life.