The internet, to some people is vital in conducting daily activities, be it leisure or business. There are other people who are out to capture your information for example your banking credentials, passwords e-cetera and use it to their advantage, in the process harming you, if not physically, emotionally and financially. The need of safe internet surfing thus arises. In order for someone to be safe on the internet, I recommend the following strategies:
1. Try as much as possible to protect your identity.
Choose passwords that not easy to guess, the longer the password the better. Choosing your year of birth or “password” for your password is not safely as both are easy to guess. You can also try to change your password every one or two months.
Try passwords that only refer to things significant to you. 2. Always be careful when installing new software, mostly free software you download from the internet. Be sure to read the terms and conditions very carefully.
The same applies when you sign up for newsletters or agree to anything.
3. Remember that your details belong to you alone. do not share your addresses ,phone numbers or full name to anyone online. Also be careful when making online friends, though it’s possible to create good friends online there are imposters online.
4. Be careful not to fall for phishing e-mails. Phishing e-mails are e-mails that seem to be sent from a legitimate company for example e-bay, amazon or even your bank. They contain a link a website and when you click on the link, a malicious software can auto-install into your computer and steal the important information it contains. It may also corrupt your files or use your computer as a bot.
5. Peel your eyes for scams. Online scams have been there for as long as I can remember. Never open emails that claim you have won millions of dollars, or click on pop-up windows that claim to invite you in playing a lottery. Also do not open e-mail attachments which you do not trust
6. When it comes to social media, always make sure you don’t give too much information about yourself. Do not post your name, wife’s name children names, address, phone numbers and any other personal information imaginable, on Facebook. This information is accessible to all you friends or any other person with a computer every enlightenment about you.
7. Make sure your computer is protected by an anti-virus program, an anti-malware program or a firewall. Viruses and malwares can not only steal your valuable information, but can also slow down your system (computer). Make sure your Wi-Fi is secure, by changing its name and choosing a strong password.
8. Download software and any other file from a trusted source and also try to run sandboxed browsers. Sandbox deletes all downloaded malware and viruses from any site once you close your browser.