How To Surf The Net Securely

  The sad reality is that anything that has been made, especially involving software, can be broken into. What we can do as users of technology is ensure that we adhere to some basic principles and precautions. Here are a few ways you can navigate the net more securely:   Watch out for safe websites […]

 

The sad reality is that anything that has been made, especially involving software, can be broken into. What we can do as users of technology is ensure that we adhere to some basic principles and precautions. Here are a few ways you can navigate the net more securely:

 

Watch out for safe websites

Ensure the websites with which you transact financial business are secure. Look for the lock icon and/or a web address that starts with https:// (the “s” stands for secure).

 

 

Passwords

Never keep same password across different online account and make it long and strong (normally more than 6 or more characters including letters, numbers and symbols. It’s best not to have the same password for social media and critical information websites)

 

Keep software updated

Apply patches as they are released from the manufacturer. Install manufacturer updates right away to ensure that the device is protected from the latest known threats.

 

Emails

If it’s too good to be true, perhaps it is. Don’t follow links in emails or text messages to log into your sites or change passwords.

 

Think before you click

If a link or an email has something that seems unusual or suspicious, do not click it, even if it is from a friend. Before clicking on an attachment, confirm with the sender if he/ she intentionally sent you a file. If you must send private information, you can use encrypted email service, and start a fresh email thread.