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7 best ways to stay safe on the internet

With the increasing number of cyber crimes it is very important that you take some safety measures and actions to protect your data and systems from these cyber criminals.

Here are the 7 ways that can ensure you to stay safe on the internet.

1.Using strong,unique and long passwords -With the increase in cyber crimes it is very necessary to protect your information against these cyber criminals.It is very important that you use long and strong passwords that contains a mix of letters,numbers and symbols.You can also use phrases as passwords but think of phrases that only you know it.Try using unique passwords for your account and never write your passwords in a piece of paper or in desktops ,instead save your passwords by creating a unique file on your computer.In case you forget the password and you want to reset it make sure that you have password recovery options up-to-date and secure.Try using 2 layer security measures so as to prevent someone from breaking in.

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2.Use trusted and secure networks-Whenever you are using WiFi at home make sure that use a password to secure your connection and never use the router default password which is known to cyber criminals.Be careful whenever you  go online using a network that is not secure and trusted like the internet cafes that can monitor all your personal information on their network.

3.Try to avoid unsafe Ad scams– Stay away from the advertising scams that offer products or services for free such as “work from home” ,”earn money quickly” ,”congratulations you are among the one- millionth visitor to win money or prize”.It is better to stay away from those ads that interest you more quickly and easily and that you think are not safe or not belonging to a legitimate website.

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4.Safe online shopping-Use websites that you are familiar to do online shopping.Beware of misspellings sites that uses a different top level domain ( for example instead of using .com they use .net).Never buy anything online if you see the site of the URL starts with “http://”  instead of “https://” that means that it doesn’t have secure sockets layers(SSL) encryption installed in it.Whenever you are doing online shopping just compare the price with similar goods being sold elsewhere.While doing financial transactions never use
public computer that can steal your personal information.Keep a digital copy of your transactions when receiving the item.

5.Increase your mobile security-Always use a password or security pattern to lock your phone.Whenever you are downloading some apps or files from the web using your mobile just make sure that they are safe and from a legitimate website.Stay away from fraud messages as “Requests to renew your bank service” or any messages asking you regarding your bank information and details.Never ever store your personal details on your mobiles, in messages or in emails.Especially your bank or any account passwords or any bank card pin no.

6.Never open e-mail attachments from strangers-More computers are hacked by email attachments than by all other agents.Don’t open attachments from unknown senders that contains viruses or spyware that can harm your computer.Also to be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files that may contain viruses.Avoid filling out forms in e-mails that ask you for personal information.Some spams appears to be sent from friends giving the perception of being legtimate if you are not sure then do not open or download these attachments.We may also notice that these fraudulent e-mail contains multiple spelling errors and poor grammar.

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7.Protect your system against malware– Make sure that you upgrade your operating system and software to the latest versions.Check for new versions regularly and turn on automatic updates.Download files from sources that you trust because by clicking and downloading on unfamiliar links you can expose your computer to malicious software that can harm your computer.Use high quality anti-virus products to scan your computer in order to protect your computer from virus threats and other types of malware.
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