More than ever, everybody is busy online for massive amounts of time each day. With so many threats out there – and so many untrustworthy people wanting to take your money – it’s vital to understand what it takes to stay safe so that you don’t become another victim of their crimes.
Thankfully there are lots of things you can do. Read on to ramp up your safety online and avoid cyber crimes and attacks.
The network you use to connect to the internet each day is one that has to be secure. If the network is not protected and not secure, it means that cyber criminals will have a very easy job of hacking into it and potentially defrauding you if you’re not careful. This is the first and perhaps most important thing to get right when it comes to staying safe online.
Being too naive or too trusting when online and browsing the options is always a risk, and one that you shouldn’t take.
It never hurts to be a little suspicious when you’re using the internet.
There are so many new scams and tricks being used by cyber criminals. They’re adapting and changing all the times, so you need to stay on your toes if you want to avoid them. Find out more about Social Engineering the biggest threat to small business, if you run a company and want to keep it safe. And if you want to protect your personal finances, research the latest scams out there to stay one step ahead.
When you’re browsing the internet and you find something that you want to buy from a website that you have never used before, you should tread carefully.
You don’t want to just mindlessly enter your card details assuming everything will be fine.
Instead, assess the site and ensure it has SSL certificates because these are signs of reliability.
If it doesn’t look secure, don’t enter any details.
If you’re worried about your privacy when you’re using the internet, you definitely need to start thinking about using a VPN. These are useful because they hide your IP address and make it impossible for you to be tracked or your location to be pinpointed. It might sound like overkill, but it can help in all kinds of situations and is essential for anyone concerned about privacy and security.
Staying safe online is more important today than it ever has been in the past. It’s about making sure that you’re always able to protect yourself and protect your finances – no matter what threats might be around you waiting for you to slip up. So keep all the things you’ve learned here today in mind.
Note: This article is written in collaboration with Henry Moss.
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