These 3 tips will help you stay safe while online

how to stay safe online

Have a good and update antivirus

The first and foremost tip to staying safe online and protecting your computer is to have a strong and updated antivirus software running. This is paramount, and is the first line of defense against malicious activity on your computer. Think of your antivirus as a security guard, making sure only allowed people go into the club. Extending on this, another important factor is always keeping your antivirus up-to-date and regularly used. If there is an unchecked error or exploit in the antivirus program (or any program, for that matter) it compromises a huge amount of security.

Think of your antivirus as a security guard, making sure only allowed people go into the club. Extending on this, another important factor is always keeping your antivirus up-to-date and regularly used. If there is an unchecked error or exploit in the antivirus program (or any program, for that matter) it compromises a huge amount of security.

You can download a free antivirus such as Avast, Avg, Avira or Bitdefender.

Use strong passwords

The second important online safety tip, and also one of the easiest, is having a strong password. Weak passwords are those that are simple, single-word with little or no variation in letters or symbols. The strongest passwords out there are sentences, incorporating numbers, letters, and symbols within them. My password is 25 characters long and pretty hard to guess, but simple to remember!

Do not click on links you don’t know

Finally, a tip that seems to be forgotten by most users nowadays is that links in emails are not always safe, especially when the link is coming from an unknown email address. Never click on a link if you have even a little doubt. They can instantly take you to infected or fake websites designed to either infect your system or obtain your personal information.

Luckily, web security is somewhat informed on this issue of untrustworthy links, and there are often warnings before you are taken to the site. Don’t rely on , his however, as it is not true for 100% of situations.

These are merely some general tips, but it’s important to keep your information yours. Only provide what is absolutely essential and even then keep it conservative. It is becoming easier each day to become a target by hackers and one must always stay conservative and protect their data online. The biggest and most useful tip is to just stay vigilant and aware of what data you’re giving online.

Photo by Jiří Wagner on Unsplash

Other articles

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*