Online security is important
We will be discussing the importance of online safety and ways to stay and be secure.
Online safety is a topic that is sadly often overlooked or left for last minute. It’s important to take your time to do research on how to stay secure online, as well as having a plan in place for what you should do if something does happen.
Cyber-crime is the fastest-growing crime in the world. It’s important to take care of your online safety and be aware of what you share online because it could end up costing you someday.
The internet is a great place where we can access endless information and news from around the world, but it also introduces us to all kinds of threats like hackers and time wasters. It’s important to keep your computer(s) safe and secure, and make sure that you’re not putting yourselves at risk by clicking on unsafe links or opening dodgy attachments.
Online safety is a real and serious issue. The internet has made it easier for us to connect with people in ways we couldn’t before- but it also means that we need to be more careful than ever.
Make sure that the website you visit uses HTTPS
Many would agree that the internet is a valuable resource. It has revolutionized our lives by making day-to-day conveniences more accessible, like shopping online or watching movies on demand with just a click of a button on for example our smartphones. However, with all its benefits come risks that we must take into consideration in order to stay safe.
Make sure that the website you visit has a https (Wherein the S stands for ‘secure’) connection. This way: the information you share with the website should be safely forwarded to the website it’s database. When it comes to passwords; databases work with encrypted code models so that even the webmaster of the website cannot find your input.
Use Strong Passwords
Create and use complex passwords Yup, we’re gonna have to shout: you should always use complex passwords. And if your password is listed in the top 200 commonly used passwords (or if it’s similar to any of these), you should change it. Now. If you need some help coming up with a secure password, here are some tips: Use a combination of letters and numbers: make sure to use at least one number and one letter. Avoid simple patterns like 12345678 or qwerty: even if you think they’re strong, they’re easier to crack than something more random like $pa$$word$ or d0t1c3d! This with no doubts increases security.
You could also run a Google check to see if your password is hacked. When, for example, a website you have registered on gets hacked, then there is a great chance that your password is leaked. You can do so in Google’s password manager.
Backup Your Data Regularly
Data backups can be a lifesaver if your computer gets infected with a virus: you should be able to restore your computer to its original state like how it was before it got infected. Backups are also useful for security reasons—if someone breaks into your machine and deletes or changes files, you can roll back the damage by restoring from a recent backup of those files instead of trying to fix things up after the happening; or re-install everything from scratch (which is how many people end up having to re-do their computers). But even though you should regularly take a good look at your data backups, backing them up isn’t always easy; sometimes you need to dig in and tweak some settings manually.
Use An Antivirus
Even though antiviruses are always out of date- it’s still a good idea to have one. Make sure you update it regularly. You could use an anti malware on the side; like malware bytes. Based on experience, we recommend you the following antivirus software:
Use The Firewall to stay secure online
When you’re computing at home- then your network is secure. It is still advised to make good use of your firewall: it’s basically an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorized connections and devices. Using your firewall will ensure you that all your devices are safely connected. If you set up your firewall the wrong way; then you’re giving hackers and attackers a vulnerable point of entry to your entire network.
Normally- by using Windows as operating system, your firewall should work and do the job out of the box. It’s not a bad idea to double check this though! And when you go into the advanced section of your firewall: make sure that most (or at least the connections you trust) are safely connected. You can spot this by looking at the ‘green check’ which is visible on the left side of the connection.
Click smart, and by that we mean; don’t click on everything you receive in your mailbox- Look out for the latest type of scams so that you can block the malicious activity before it grabs you; and last but not least… keep everything up-to-date to stay secure online. When you are doing work where you don’t want anyone to look over your shoulder then you should consider using a VPN which stands for ‘Virtual Private Network’. This way; your IP-adress won’t be exploited over the web and this adress could be dynamic as well- this means that your IP changes constantly so ‘navigation’ over the web becomes even safer.
By performing all these steps written here, then you must still know that your device(s) are at risk. It became easier for hackers to play with your phone, tablet, laptop and desktop because of new technologies in that field. Always be assumed that your antivirus will only update itself after it found a new type of malicious file- this means that there’s always a time in-between where hackers can do what they want.
You’re never 100 percent safe browsing on the internet, not even when you’re using private browsers, private search engines, vpn’s, antiviruses and anti-malware programs.
When you’re really battling with your privacy; a thing you should consider is driving your system on another OS like Linux or Ubuntu. These ones are open-source so free to use~ the downside of it being open-source is that hackers too look in there; to find vulnerabilities, but nonetheless; this seems to be the safest option of them all.
It takes some time to fully secure your systems but it’s definitely worth it. If you’re thinking that there are more eyes looking at your screen than only your own: then use something like tcpview to view all (dynamic) TCP and UDP endpoints; and if you still are suspicious, then go after them after using ip-based geolocation.
We are using Linux- and we bet that the change will do us nothing but good. At Tony’s Network, we are specialized in website security. We offer affordable rates and professionality. Just contact us by phone at 31-6 1885 4920 (WhatsApp is a possibility!), by e-mail at [email protected] or simply use our online form located at the homepage.
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