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Perils of the web: How to protect yourself from virtual devils

The world has seen a drastic shift into the digital world, where communication has largely been transferred online. Now just about everything is possible on virtual platforms.

We can access anything and anyone on the internet. Similarly, it would not be a hard task for other people to locate us. Although, it might sound redundant, the fact still remains that internet safety is a must these days. There are several professional hackers and viruses online which are just waiting to invade into our privacy.

Everyone is at risk. Yet, they are ways to make ourselves less susceptible to cyber-crimes.

So here are a few tips on how to be safe online:

Make complex passwords

It is absolutely essential to create strong passwords for all your important accounts so as to keep your private and financial information secure. It is even more essential in corporate situations where several hackers are just waiting for a data leak. Such leaks can in turn incur large losses.

Also, it is unadvisable to reuse your passwords. It is strongly recommended that everyone should use a password manager. Create alphanumeric passwords including alphabets of both cases and also include symbols which are permitted.

Increase your Network Security

Apart from logins, it is also necessary that your network is secure. At home, make sure you are using a password protected Wi-Fi router that keeps your data encrypted.

Public Wi-Fi is often extremely insecure and prone to viruses and leakage of data. This means that if your network is not secure, it will be easier for a hacker to get hold of your information. Hence, it is wise to invest in a VPN (Virtual Private Network). This is a software which establishes secure network all over the internet, enabling you to access the net easily from home.

Use a Firewall

Even after having a secure network, a firewall is a must. This acts as an electronic blockage to all the harmful viruses and clicks that could put you at risk.

This also ensures that all of the devices connected to your network are secured. It is a very sensible step to invest in a firewall, which will protect your and your data in the longer run.

Click Smart

The internet is full of click-baits. They are dropped everywhere and on every website. So it is your responsibility to make sure that you click wisely. One wrong and impulsive click can potentially put all your private information at risk.

Spam emails, free offers, online quizzes, sizzling news and compelling information are all tactics to get you to click on dangerous links or give up your private information. Always be wary of offers that sound too good to be true.

Be a selective Sharer

In this age of social networking, we are encouraged to share our data online. We often share pictures, posts, information about our location and activities online. This puts us at great risk.

Hence, we always have to remember to customize our privacy setting on every social networking site we are on. Our information can be used to impersonate us, or guess our passwords and cause harm to us.

Stay up to date

Keep your software updated. Also, it is a better option to keep automatic updates switched on. Also, we need to be on a lookout for any latest online scam.  Currently ‘ransomware’ is growing pervasive. Thus, it is extremely essential to stay informed.

Practice safe surfing and shopping

When anything involves sharing your bank details online, you need to be extra careful. Choose your websites carefully. It is always best to use more popular websites and not opt for smaller and uncommon ones. Use the websites which re approved by your firewall.

These are a few basic tricks to defend yourself against potential online threats. So be smart and ensure that you follow these tricks, because prevention is always better than cure!