As a parent, you never imagine that you could be unsafe when you are browsing the web. No, it is the children that we must protect, isn’t it? Of course, the kids are your big priority because there are unscrupulous people out there who are looking to take advantage. Every child should know the warning signs if and when they appear.
Still, that doesn’t mean that you are not under threat. It just means that it is a different kind of threat that you need to be wary of. Take a look at some of the following tips and see how many you can honestly say you do on a regular basis.
You might be surprised at what you find.
Use Lazy Passwords
Just because you don’t store sensitive information on Facebook or in your email account doesn’t mean you are not at threat. Email accounts, in particular, are dodgy gateways that hackers can use to access your whole server. That means by cracking your email account they can take a look at your Internet history, password, and sensitive information. When you create a password, regardless of what for, always make sure it is as strong as possible.
Secure The Wi-Fi
Your Wi-Fi connection is another area that needs tightening. Just like your email account, hackers can gain access to your server through the Wi-Fi connection. And, it isn’t hard to see why. Most connections are encrypted, but again people use simple passwords. Some are not even secure, so anyone who has enough signal strength can walk into your server. See how important it is to use a strong password?
Download The Best Browser
We all have our favourite browsers for whatever reason. But, is your browser a safe and secure portal for you to surf the web? Believe or not, some browsers are better than others for security purposes. A recent article by Afrodigit listed the three most secure as Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. Here’s the link if you want to read the full article. If your computer doesn’t incorporate any of these three browsers, you might want to reconsider.
Don’t Use Links From Your Email
Cyber thieves have created a new form of hacking that they call phishing. Phishing is where they send you an email pretending to be from a reputable source that you trust. The most conventional method is pretending to be your bank. When you click on the link from the email, it directs you straight to their fake site. As soon as you enter your bank details, they can make a note and access your bank at any time. Whether you have never been caught out by phishing or not, always go through a reputable search engine. Similarly, you can check if a website is legit by using websites such as https://matterous.com/ that specializes in looking at the legitimacy of various websites.
Install A Quality Antivirus System
Free versions of antivirus software systems are good, but they are not conclusive. The best versions are the ones that charge because they are the most technical and advanced.
Don’t put your online safety at risk for the sake of a few quid.