These days, users have the world at their finger tips while browsing online. Unfortunately, with all this freedom users can unwittingly fall victim to hacking or phishing attacks.
Don’t worry, it’s easy to protect yourself.
Just follow these simple secure browsing practices:
- Update! Update! Update!: Install updates for your browser and operating system. These will include patches that will fix a browser or operating system’s existing vulnerabilities.
- Use Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software: Anti-virus software will seek out and remove any malicious content on your computer. Keep it updated and it will protect you from all the latest viruses and malware.
- Use a Firewall: Firewalls prevent any viruses, malware or hackers from gaining access to your computer.
- Trust HTTPS: The “s” of https stands for secure, it means that the site, and any information you enter into the site, is protected. Look for the “s” or a padlock symbol that indicates that a website is secure.
- Read Privacy Policies: Stay informed. Read the privacy policies of the sites you visit. This will let you know how the site is using the information it collects from you.
- Avoid Free Wi-Fi: Cyber criminals can steal your information while you use public wi-fi networks. Avoid them if possible.
- Protect Your Identity: Use different user names and passwords for different sites. Create a strong passwords by combining letters, numbers and symbols.