Today internet is not a mere entertainment. It has spread its tentacles in all the spheres of life like education, medical advisory services, legal, commerce et al and is tightly holding the lives of billions.
It would be a Utopian idea to imagine our society free of vagabonds and thugs. Similarly it would not be short of a hallucination to believe that the virtual world of internet is filled with saints and holy cows.
The thieves in the real world confiscate money and other valuables and strangely the virtual robbers too gun for the money by poaching into the online accounts of innocent internet users. The misuse of social networking platforms and ignorance in online safety precautions are further aggravating the situation.
Only a handful of people are there in this world like someone who got their masters in cyber security to guide the internet users in online security by providing the useful tips and guides. This article is one such an attempt to create awareness amongst the readers on the vulnerabilities of the internet and how to overcome the difficult situations.
The following security tips can be used to make sure that your internet browsing is in full safety.
Be powerful with strong passwords
Like any other web user, you too would be having multiple online accounts. If you are using a common password for all or most of your profiles then you must change it immediately. Put strong and unique passwords for each account and keep rotating them periodically.
Be smart with online registrations
Online thieves are not naïve and can outsmart you in no time. To counter them you need to be over-smarting but fairly intelligent in conducting online activities. It would be a smart move to give different email ids for different online registrations/subscriptions. This arrangement would minimize the damages when email accounts are hacked.
Be virtual in virtual world
“Be Roman when you are in Rome” is an outdated adage. Be virtual in virtual world is the new phrase. Create a virtual PC (Windows & Ubuntu do have this feature) and conduct your online transactions. Once you are done, simply destroy it.
Beware of false ads
Suddenly a pop-ad stares at you with a warning that your system is infected by virus and it prompts you to install ‘great software’ for free by clicking the advert. If you do it you would be cursing yourself for what you did. Never click on obscure ads and never install suspicious toolbars etc.
Do not trust URLs
Yes. They would be quite misleading as the emails that carry URLs of malicious websites come with a familiar content. For example when the King of Pop (you know who is he) died many websites have claimed to have videos that showed his last moments. Millions of unsuspecting fans clicked on the links only to invite viruses to steal or spoil their sleep.
Last but not least, by installing anti-virus and anti-spam you are not out of danger. The full security of internet has both technical and human faces and thus there is need for you to be watchful at all times.
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