No doubt the Internet is a vast ocean of knowledge. You can learn everything from it. No matter what you want to learn or do just type your query and you get all the necessary information in the fraction of second.
In the past decade, the evolution of the internet is increased. People use more and more internet to develop a new skill, buy something, gain knowledge, earn money, etc. When social media enter in this world people can interact with other people, make new friends, understand other cultures, share a special moment and much more. Many countries use internet for E-learning, video lectures to teach their students.
But that’s not all. The widespread use of the internet comes with the cost of cybercrime. Every year millions of people get victim by cybercrime. They lose their money, privacy, personal information, etc. Here is the list of some of the cybercrime:
- Access credit card number
- Can access your social media accounts
- Know your private information
- Use your personal details
- And many more
Hackers can hack your computer for their uses stole all your important data or erase it.
If you do not use the internet with safety you may also be a victim of cybercrime. Here are some of the safety tips you should keep in mind when surfing the internet.
1) Give Priority to your personal information
Don’t give your personal information like name, email id, bank account details, mobile number, credit card number to any website if it doesn’t necessarily. If a website can give you access without giving your personal information then don’t give it. If you find that you have to give your information make sure that your trust this website. When giving personal information give your safe browser like chrome, safari, Firefox, etc. Don’t save your personal information in the browser. I know some browsers can protect your information but not every time.
2) Never saves your card in website or browser
This is the first security step you should take when buying something or transaction online. Many sites ask you to save your card for next time transactions. Never ever do it. It decreased your online security. If possible, always use incognito mode while transaction online.
3) Use VPN
VPN means virtual private network. A VPN allows you to create a secure connection with another network. VPNs can also be used for accessing the region-restricted website. VPN hides your computer IP address and shows other computer IP address when someone tries to hack your computer. That’s a way you can protect your computer with a hacker attack.
4) Practice incognito mode
An incognito mode allows you to browse in private and don’t want to remember your browsing activity. Every browser provides an incognito mode for its user. When you browsing from incognito mode a browser cannot save your history, personal history, card details, password, etc. When you close your browser it automatically deletes all the activity. That’s doesn’t mean that your data never been visible. All your browsing data and history safely saved with the website your visit, your home network, or your service provider. An incognito mode also doesn’t save your information entered in forms or address bar.
5) Browse website that has secured internet connection
There are many websites that use SSL certificates that ensure that it uses secure connection and you can trust this website. When browsing any website, the top of the corner shows your if visiting this website is secure or not. If it shows not secure then don’t use it for transaction purposes. If you enter your personal information then there’re pretty many chances that your information is not safely stored on the website. So, it’s an intelligent choice to use a website that has a secured internet connection.
6) Careful with what you download
Daily internet user downloads many things like video, song, movies, app, etc. Many sites do piracy or steal someone’s file and upload it on their website. This type of website doesn’t give privacy or when you download something it comes with the virus. When you open it spread a virus in your system steal your privacy. This type of file can harm your computer or even worse it can destroy all your computer data.
7) Choose Strong Passwords
When you create an account on the website always choose a strong password. Never ever use your name, date of birth or other private details in password. Also, don’t use a simple password like 12345678, abcde this type of password can be easily tracked and hackers can easily hack. When choosing a strong password, you should contain Capital word, small word, numbers and special character in the password. Like kist@345kj
8) Make an online purchase from secure sites
When you buying something or purchasing something online, check the site security. If a site doesn’t give you security then you should never use that site for the transaction. If you do transaction never save your card details. If hackers hack site then chances are pretty high that your data can also be hacked and your privacy could be in danger.
9) Be aware of fake news
This is the cost comes with internet use. Internet not just an ocean of knowledge, it contains a wide range of fake news. Internet spread fake news through social media, website. It looks exactly like real or even better than real.
There are many types of fake news or offers that give you extra benefits and in exchange for this, it sells your card details with other companies. Every year millions of people hunted by fake news and lose their millions of dollars. So, it’s always the best to confirm the news with a trustable source. Always be aware of fake news.
10) Keep distance from Scam skims
The Internet is full of scams. Many scammers give offers like invest $10 dollar and you will get double in 1 day. Many offer FREE service; this scam once gives you some value but after they collect all your data and sell other companies. So Always aware of this type of scam.
11) Don’t click on a spammy email
When you open your email there are many spammy emails that are already placed in your inbox. Never ever click on this email. This type of email can collect all your data and also can see your password. To get rid of this spammy mail you can unsubscribe it or complain about it to your service providers.
12) Download Antivirus
If you using a PC or laptop then you should always download antivirus in your system. Antivirus can protect you from viruses, online scams and if you already have a virus in the system it can delete it. Antivirus can also be used to always update your PC and gives priority to user privacy.
The use of antivirus can take your security to the next level.
13) Educated your family about Internet security
You may know about all the internet security but your family doesn’t. Teach them how to use the internet safely, what to post on the internet. Which sites don’t have to access, download carefully and many other guidelines. If you’ve taught your family about internet safety guidelines your privacy can never be on danger.
14) When in doubt, call Customer care
If you have doubts about accessing the website or you’re stuck online then you should always contact their customer care. If you want to use your card and have doubts then contact your bank for additional information. A bank representative will provide you all the necessary guidelines if this website is safe or scam.
15) Don’t post your personal photos on Social Media Platforms
This is the mistake most people do when using social media platforms. They share all the details where are they, where they recently travel, upload private photos this type of activity can not just drag you but your family too in danger. You don’t have to post all the things or work on social media just keep this work withing you and keep your privacy safe.
16) Keep Eyes on your children internet activity
Children can be easily manipulated and hunted by an online scam. So, keep eyes on children’s activity what they search, which website they visit. If you find any irrelevant information that educates your children with it. Teach how to use the internet properly and how to protect privacy from scams.
Always keep this thing in mind while using the internet or download something.
Always gives priority to your privacy.