The internet is full of amazing and wondrous websites and other interesting portals. As we know how the internet has evolved during these recent years and its importance in our day to day life. Internet and Social Media websites has became the new respiratory organs of our life. But having the knowledge and importance of Internet, we should also not neglect the darker side of it. The internet is also full of unsavory websites and spams that we need to guard against to protect our files and passwords online. Keeping our personal information, private data and finances safe can be difficult, but by following a few tips, we can avoid the vast majority of scams, spyware and privacy breaches that are threats to our privacy online.
Tip 1. Be Aware Yourself While Online
The unique and best way to be safe online is using our own mind. Presence of mind and brain while using the internet or accessing web is the best way to be safe. Websites which are covered in flash ads, free software with no potential upgrades and unsecured unidentified WiFi access are all signs of privacy threats. Being aware about your actions against such things itself keeps you in safer zone. So we should be aware about such threats and should not give them access to our private systems to stand a better chance of avoiding potentially dangerous situations.
Tip 2. Use Linux OS
If you want full protection, then its time to switch your OS if you are using Microsoft Windows. Microsoft Windows have the master key and they can open your vault for the NSA.
You can read about Microsoft Windows NSA.
Using Linux operating system itself keeps you in the safer side. Although we know it is a text based operating system, only used by tech enthusiasts. In fact there are other free Linux distributions which you can try like Fedora, Ubuntu and if you want an OS that looks exactly like Windows, you can try Zorin. These operating systems are not proprietary so you will stand on a safer side by using them. Installation of such OS is very easy and you will find installation guides online.
Tip 3. Search Engine
As we know, Google is the largest search engine at this time. But you must be unaware of the fact that Google stores your information when you search using Google search tool. They track everything: your location, age, IP number, internet provider, login sessions, and, most importantly, the subject matter of your searches. The moment you open Google.com, they set a cookie in your PC. It is a small program that collects data from your PC and sends it to Google. This cookie is presently set to expire in 2038. So you should avoid search engines like Google and Bing.
Recommendation : You can use DuckDuckGo. It’s an anonymous search engine which doesn’t store anything from your PC. It gives results without country specific. You are completely safe when using DuckDuckGo.
Tip 4: Choose strong and varied passwords
Password is the strongest protection to ward off hackers and thieves. While creating a password always think of passwords with mixed letters, special symbols and numbers. This thing makes your password strong and impossible to guess and crack. And also use different passwords for different websites. Hackers often targets low security websites to gain passwords and then hack your Google or Facebook accounts if you are using the same passwords just for the sake of remembrance.
Additionally, use two-factor authentication provided by many websites. This includes a mobile SMS notification with a security code while logging in. This is hectic to use, but it makes impossible for third party to hack into your account.
Tip 5. What is Spyware and Spam? How to Stop it?
Nowadays Spyware and Spams posses the biggest threat to your privacy online. Most people and newbies doesn’t know much about spyware. In simple words a spyware is a small piece of software that records your information without your knowledge. Some spywares tracks your browsing history and keeps data anonymously. Other smart spywares are designed to steal your banking credentials to clean your bank account.
Spams are the same messages indiscriminately sent to a large numbers of Internet users. These messages includes unidentified lottery winning prizes and other similar things. They ask for your personal information like address and bank account number for claiming you with fake prize money.
Getting rid of spywares on your own is next to impossible. In fact there are many anti-spywares and anti-virus software that you can use to be safe online. These softwares automatically search of incoming malicious application or files and delete or disinfect them.
Getting rid of Spam Mails. You can get rid of spam mails by using popular mailing services like Gmail and Yahoo mail.
Tip 6. Its not all about Spywares and Spams
Spywares, spams and scams are wholly not the cause of internet security issue but there are other factors too that cause internet snooping. If you are using social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter where everyone is connected you are very much close to threat. Suppose in a post that you are sharing you may disclose your father’s middle name and that may be your password security question.
So its all up to you how you use things around you over the internet. In this century, you have to be very cautious for your every step and every single click while we are online.
I have also mentioned some of other useful tips to be safe while browsing internet.
- Never include personal information in any Internet forum, discussion group, or newsgroup message.
- Never buy from an online store that doesn’t offer a secure and encrypted connection when you’re prompted for your personal information including your card number and other important details.
- Never download a file from a site you don’t trust.
- Use Google Drive or Tonido’s private file sharing to share and save your files online.
- Change your passwords and security questions on a regular basis in a gap of 2 to 3 months.
Complete security and privacy cannot be reached on the internet but you can use above tips to save yourself against internet snooping to a great extent.