Now and then, we hear complaints of been attacked online. Cybercrime is no longer news, and it’s becoming worse every single day. With the level at which we use the internet these days, one can not be too sure of how our data is managed and who has access to the data or information we put out there. It is very important that we protect ourselves while surfing the internet. Implementing these 10 tips will mean secure browsing for you.
- KEEP PRIVATE INFORMATION PRIVATE: Your personal information includes your phone number, date of birth, address, Email, photos, social security number, passwords, biometric number e.t.c. Avoid sharing your personal data to anyone. When components of your personal data are collected and combined by cybercriminals, it can cause identity theft or worse.
- LOOK FOR THE “S” IN HTTPS: The “S” in HTTPS stands for Secure. This means that encryption is used as you use that internet. It is surprising that most people are not aware that some web pages carry just HTTP without the S. Be on a lookout when next you surf the internet or before clicking on links.
- CREATE COMPLEX PASSWORDS: Passwords needs to be complicated but simple to remember. Longer passwords (8-12 characters) are more secure. Use a combination of character sets, number and letters. Avoid simple passwords like your name, 123456 e.t.c they are easy to guess. Make them easy to remember.
- CHANGE PASSWORDS REGULARLY: It is interesting to discover that most persons are still using the same password they used in opening their online accounts. If you fall into this category, cultivate the habit of changing your passwords regularly. Same applies to those who have the habit of using one password for all online platforms. You only expose yourself to cybercriminals by doing these.
- BE CAUTIOUS WITH EMAIL: Ever heard of “phishing”? Phishing is a term used to refer to any attempt to gain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords e. t.c. through an email or website. Email is the most common way to get hacked nowadays. You need to be wary of this. Do not click on links sent to your Email. Attackers might act like a trusted agency or person, for example, your bank. Asking you to click on a link to resolve one issue or the other. Be cautious.
- BE CAUTIOUS OF FREE WIFI: Who does not like free things? Definitely, everybody loves free things. With free wifi, you need to understand that attackers can use this to collect your sensitive information without your knowledge. One of such attacks is “Man in the middle”. Be cautious.
- THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK: Have you ever wondered who is collecting the information you submit when you visit a site? Stop, think, and connect is a memorable way for you to stop and consider your actions online. Stop before clicking on any link, opening messages and sending information. Think about the person on the other side of whatever you are sending and about the information you are sending. Only connect once you have stopped and thought about it. Decide if you really want to connect, send and post.
- UPDATE SOFTWARE REGULARLY: The manufacturers of every device makes provision for a software update from time to time. Always keep your operating software and applications updated. This will improve your device’s ability to defend against malware.
- LOG OUT OF ALL ACCOUNTS: You do not want someone accessing your accounts without your permission. Closing the browser is not enough because anyone with access to your phone or computer can easily have access to your accounts since you are still logged in.
- SPREAD AWARENESS TO OTHERS: Educating others on the need to be safe online and ways to be safe, is the best way to protect not only you but others. The more persons that are exposed to this information, the more secured everybody is.
Have your own great online safety tips? Post them in the comment section below so we can be enlightened. Remember, it starts with creating awareness.
Sourced from IBM Fundamentals Of Cybersecurity.