4 Internet Safety Tips Everyone Can Use
1. Email & SPAM
Create A Unique Password
Password security is key to keeping your account secure. Use different passwords for different accounts. Make sure your passwords are 10+ characters, do not include words, consist of upper and lowercase letters, and include special characters and numbers. It’s not impossible for a password that fits these criteria to be hacked, but it inhibit most hackers from being able to crack the password.
Beware of Phishing Scams
Most legitimate companies would never send you an email requesting personal information. Should you come across an email like this DO NOT OPEN IT.
Links are dangerous . . . . Don’t click them unless you know they are safe!
More often than not the links are malicious and will take you to a site infected with malware, spyware, trojans, or botnets, which are bad news for you and your company’s security.
2. Social Networking
Be careful when opening links
Links can always be dangerous and are most often the opening a hacker needs to go get inside your network perimeter. Make sure you know who sent he link and it seems like something they would send.
Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know
Hackers troll these sites under fake accounts in order to exploit a large variety of different attack vectors. Know your friends and lower your risks.
Don’t post personal information & disable Geo-Coordinate tags from photos.
Many times your photos, posts and tweets are all a hacker needs to guess your password. Example: You love your dog and use his/her name as your password, but then you post a picture of your dog with his/her name as a tag.
3. Internet Browsing
Update, Update, Update
Most updates released for software are a direct response to a security threat that was discovered. Software developers patch these threats regularly. Keeping your browser and its plug-ins updated will help keep you secure while browsing your favorite sites.
Google the site before your go to it
Google warns users before sending them to known malicious site. Google is good at protecting their users and can always be used to help weed out the bad sites.
Disable Non-crucial plug-ins
Most browser plug-ins are insecure by design. The developers frantically release updates and within days/weeks new vulnerabilities are discovered. Don’t use plug-ins unless you absolutely need them and make sure it’s one a site you trust. Plugins open a gaping hole in your security and can quickly lead to a compromised system if you go to a bad site.
4. Mobile Devices
Don’t download free apps from unofficial marketplaces
App marketplaces for unlocked devices generally contain malicious code in the back end of the software. The best practice is to simply not download anything from these sites.
Install a premium Anti Virus
There are few free anti-viruses on the app stores, but they don’t offer good protection. Your devices are fully functional computers and need a full AV suite.
Password protect your phone
This is simple security mechanism, but it’s as important as the password on your laptop or desktop.
Do not jailbreak your phone