12 Steps To Improve Your Web Browsing And Cybersecurity
It’s a digital world, and we all love the convenience. But can we honestly say we’re being as safe as possible when exploring our favorite websites? Some of you may even be thinking that it’s no big deal because you’ve been using the internet for years to perform data-sensitive tasks,
like making purchases or processing digital banking transactions, and you’ve never had a problem. But a cybercriminal’s goal isn’t necessarily to make obvious trouble for you. Rather, they seek to remain undetected for as long as possible, so they can steal as much sensitive data as they can for as long as they can.
With that in mind, here are 12 tips to help protect yourself, your colleagues and your family while browsing the web.
• Web browsing is considerably safer when you control pop-up windows. Configure your browser to either block or alert you to pop-ups.
• Turn on auto-updates for your browser, browser plugins and any software that runs in your browser. Doing this is an inexpensive way to add security to your web browsing experience.
Use browser security add-ons. These applications provide safety ratings for websites and search engine results.
• Always use a secured website for private information like passwords, email and credit cards. In the web address bar, “http” means a website isn’t secured with secure sockets layer (SSL). Look for “https” in the web address, as well as the lock symbol — these are indications the website is secured with SSL.
• Avoid sensational sites. Don’t visit sites dedicated to gossip about the latest sensational news stories or celebrities, as they are often riddled with malicious software, often referred to as malware.
• Watch for search engine warnings. If the search engines show that a site might be malicious, don’t go there.
• When something pops up on your screen that you find suspicious, always hit X in the top corner, instead of hitting the cancel or ignore function. The cancel or ignore button of suspicious pop-ups are often used to trick someone into downloading malicious software.
Follow Best Practices
• Cover the webcam on your computer or laptop when not in use. Hackers can turn your webcam on and watch you without your knowledge.
• Use bookmarking. For sites that you visit often, save the web address as a favorite or bookmark. This will lessen the chances of landing on a hacker’s lookalike site.
• Don’t browse while signed into accounts. Before signing into an account with private information, close all other browser windows and tabs.
• Don’t store passwords in your browser or on websites. These places can make your passwords more vulnerable to being stolen.
• Remember, anything connected to the internet, even a smart home device like a refrigerator, can be hacked. Always approach connected devices with security in mind.
The internet is a wonderful source of information. As long as we are careful and follow the tips in this article, we can greatly assist in protecting ourselves, our colleagues and our loved ones.