Protect Yourself

Are you browsing the internet safely? Have you taken measures to protect your computer from Trojans, hackers and hijacks? If the answer is no, then consider these 6 ways to keep yourself secure online world.

6: Keep Your Antivirus Software Updated :

Many people install antivirus/anti-spyware software and then completely forget about it, assuming they’re forever protected. The truth is that malware is constantly evolving, so your protective measures need to keep up, too. Always install suggested updates.

5: Check Your Privacy Settings :

Whenever you sign up for a new account, whether it’s on Facebook, Google or any other social media site, go into your privacy settings and make sure you’re not sharing more than you intended. Some sites disclose alarmingly large amounts of personal information unless you specifically opt out. Some sites won’t let you opt out, so it’s best to avoid those altogether.

4: Ignore Suspicious Messages :

You didn’t really win a free trip to the Caribbean from that pop-up. No one ever does. Likewise, your bank isn’t dropping your account if you don’t visit this strange-sounding website right this minute. If it sounds too good to be true, or if it sounds unprofessional or like a giant scam, it probably is.

3: Use Private Browsing :

If you’re on a shared computer and you need to do something involving sensitive information, ie online banking, it’s possible to use a private browser and hide your web activity from others. Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer all have their own privacy settings, so do your research and find out which is best for your needs.

2: Never Disclose Your Numbers :

This applies to your phone number, credit card number, Social Security number, etc. While there are legitimate sites requiring that information, like TurboTax, if you’re worried about internet safety then it’s a good rule of thumb to simply never give away any of your personal information through a computer. Call the company instead.

1: Utilize Security Add-ons :

Add-ons are exactly what they sound like: They’re little pieces of software you can attach to your web browser for extra features and capabilities. In terms of security, there are all kinds of add-ons designed for protecting your computer from harmful threats, including ad blockers, anti-keyloggers and special scripts that will automatically block suspicion websites unless you tell them otherwise.

You can never be too careful when it comes to computer safety, so don’t make the mistake of browsing the internet unprotected or unaware. Know the dangers and safeguard your personal information from those who would exploit it.