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Being Safe on the Internet

Being Safe on the Internet
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The Internet has changed the way that people interact with the world. They have access to in-depth knowledge, tools to express their creativity, and connects people from all over the world. Yet along with offering a fascinating, new way to connect with the world, the Internet also offers new problems and risks. Based on my experience and research, I’ve listed some of them just read and stay safe.

Incognito browsing

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I personally suggest you to browse using Incognito browsing. This is the best way to protect from everyone. Enable Incognito option in your browser if available. This will hide all your information from websites that being tracking you and this will never save your browser history. It’s like you will be completely unknown while browsing.

?Use Ad Blocker Extension

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This is important. If you use ad blocker extension, then you are almost 50% safe. The main importance of this feature is that it disable ads in the site. For example, go to home screen of my blog, after each post, if you see ads, then you are NOT using the ad blocker, If you see blank space then you are using the ad blocker. Well, I recommend you to use the ad blocker. In some browsers, ad blocker is Inbuilt.

Remember to log out       ?

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 If you ever login for your mail accounts or social sites then REMEMBER to logout when you are finished, that’s the first most important thing you need to do. Even if you use that browser often or it is your own phone or PC, you have to log out. Because when you are browsing you may visit several sites and there are many “log-in” sites that usually steals your information from your social or mail account which are in login state. So it’s better to log out.


Avoid using same passwords everywhere

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Many of us have a habit of choosing same passwords for all our social media, email or bank accounts. The reason for choosing the same password is that it becomes easy to remember for all our important accounts. But this habit can create a big problem for you if any one of the sites is compromised or become negative then hackers can easily find the password of another account if they are same. Try to use different passwords or you can do a bit variation in all the passwords which will make you easy to remember.

??Never save your passwords to sites

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Yes, do not auto-save your passwords to sites, I personally had this experience once, when someone using your PC or Mobile some people intentionally visit your social sites like Facebook, Google plus etc. If you auto-save your passwords to sites, Just one hit on login button will reveal all your Facebook friends, chat and everything to them. As I said I’m personally experienced from this.


Be careful with “Download”  
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Just look at this image, be careful with these type of sites. When you are trying to download a file, just remember one thing that many websites are redirecting downloads to other websites, and those websites might be fake or there might be a virus in the file you want to download. There is one precaution to avoid this, Use ad blocker extension.


Use secure sites when making online purchases – look for the HTTPS!  

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Online Shopping is very risky when it comes to security. All online shopping asks to enter your address, account details and other personal details which can be easily hacked by others. Try to do online shopping on reliable websites and never ever give your personal details. Also, while making a transaction make sure the browser is connected with HTTPS and not HTTP. Avoid using Proxy site and Proxy Software’s. Before your system is hacked or you lose your sensitive data, I would highly recommend you to put the security measures in effect and keep yourself safe and secure while surfing the internet. Security is always important for our blogs.


Never follow a link in an email.    

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This is important. You may receive many emails, some are newsletters which you have subscribers in many sites and some emails are spam. Remember one thing, never follow a link in an email that wants you to update account/personal information. This is one of the tricks used to drag your interest somewhere else and steal your identity and information.

Do not open unknown email attachments  

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Delete email from unknown sources. Watch out for files attached to e-mails, particularly those with a “.exe” extension even if people you know sent them to you. Some files transport and distribute viruses and other programs that can permanently destroy files and damage computers and Web sites. Do not forward e-mail if you are not completely sure that any attached files are safe.


Secure your wireless router or modem  

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If you have a wireless router or modem and your own wireless network in your house be sure it is password protected! If not anyone in your area will be able to access it! Along this, they will even have priority to access your computer.


Never enable file sharing 

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Never enable file sharing option on your computer. This leads to major loss of files in your computer.


Use Antivirus
 

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Make sure you use some best antivirus software. Remember that your antivirus and malware software is current and updated frequently

Updated Browser

Always remember, there are lot and lot of browsers, But make sure always Browse in a Best and Updated browser, because every time when you update a browser, even its security measures are updated.


Do not sign up for a less secure app

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Many of us use apps, in many of the apps they want you to sign up and use, but many of us feels lazy to fill out their information manually. So we often use Google sign up or Facebook sign up. But remember one thing. That is the very less secure both for your mobile and for your social accounts. From this, sometimes can they can get complete control over your device, I’m going to explain about this in later articles.
Anirudh Biliya
Anirudh Biliya is a former contributor at Nerdynaut from India.
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