Keeping Yourself Safe Online

There is a lot of worry out there when it comes to keeping yourself and family members safe online. While companies implement things like software for identity verification to reduce fraud and provide us with a safer customer experience, there are also ways we as consumers of the digital world can do to keep ourselves protected. Here we are going to take a look at some of the ways you can be safe online.

Emails
One of the most common ways that the average internet user is caught out by scams is through their emails. You might innocently click on a link that is warning you about suspicious activity on a social media account, but little do you know that waiting behind that link is a phishing scam. This time of cybercrime attempts to trick you into giving over private information such as your bank account details, passwords and card information.

The main way to avoid falling victim to a phishing scam is by ensuring you avoid clicking on links and never give your information out. You can check if an email is from a legitimate source by looking at the address it has been sent from, often they don’t read anywhere near what a corporate email address would look like.

The best thing to do if you receive an email asking you to click on a link is delete it and log in to the account it has suggested is under threat separately on a new tab.

Security
As well as avoiding clicking on links, you should take responsibility for your computer’s safety. There are many types of antivirus software out there that you can install on your machine that are designed to keep protected from malicious software. These types of software can go by many names, such as:

  • Virus
  • Worm
  • Trojan
  • Adware
  • Spyware

They have all be designed to attack your machine in different ways. Some of them look to steal information while other infect files. Your best form of defence against this software is to install antivirus programs like Norton. In addition, you should also make sure you have a strong firewall for an extra layer of protection.

Make sure you never download something that you haven’t specifically requested. If you are looking to download a file or program, make sure it is from a trusted website that is unlikely to have malicious software attached.


Shop Securely
One of the main things we all like to do online is shop. Whether your preference is Amazon, eBay, or somewhere else, there is a good chance you have been shopping online. Well, this tip doesn’t just apply to digital stores but anywhere that asks you for payment details. You should look on the address bar and check for a little lock on the left-hand side before https. That little lock tells you that your connection is secure and that you are safe to proceed with entering sensitive information.

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