7 Tips to Browse the Internet Safely
Can we imagine a day without browsing the internet? No!
As the usage of the internet increases, so do the security issues. Most websites and mobile apps use your browsing history to understand your likes, interests and needs. It helps them to make a customised marketing strategy for you. Hackers do the same by using the vulnerabilities in your operating systems and browsers to gather this information. Our cybersecurity experts from Perth give you a few tips on how to browse the internet safely in this article.
Update Software Regularly
Google always helps its users to know if a site is secured or not. A secured site will have https instead of http. Also, check for the closed padlock symbol at the left corner before the URL. This helps you to identify if a site is secured or not easily.
Even before the COVID pandemic, online shopping was on the rise. This has opened a doorway for hackers to peek into your sensitive personal information directly. Most credit card and online banking thefts relate to online shopping. Use only legitimate sites to make online purchases. And make sure of the credibility of the site before entering bank and credit card details. Look for https and padlock symbol in the URL of any online payment page.
- Download apps from only official app stores.
- Don’t click on suspicious links. Hover over the link to see the full address, mostly in the bottom left corner.
- Never respond to emails or offers asking for sensitive information like bank details or birth dates.
- Don’t click on offers that look too good to be true.
- Don’t respond to friend requests from strangers on social media sites.
- When not sure, try searching for a keyword related to the link or the company’s name. Avoid clicking on a link provided in a message or mail.
- Upgrade the security settings of your browser.
- Ensure you logout fully and close all browsers while using public or shared computers.
Encryption – The process of converting data into code to protect it from unauthorised access.
Virus – A malicious program that infiltrates onto a user’s computer and replicates itself by modifying other computer programs, inserting its own code, and later performing malicious actions.
Blake is the Technical Services Manager of The Computing Australia Group, he is responsible for coordinating a team of technicians to deliver IT services to our valued clients. He works with a diverse client portfolio spanning mining, oil & gas, manufacturing, government, and corporate sectors. It is challenging because no two clients and no two sectors have the same IT environment. The team at CAG is committed to documentation and we spend a lot of time ensuring that each site is documented to the highest standard.