Avoid The Depths And Dangers Of The Web With These 11 Safety Tips
Posted by GreaterGoodness
Whether you’re looking for love, trying to find movie times or ordering a pizza for dinner, the Internet is there to help. While the Internet offers lots of benefits and conveniences, it can also be a dangerous portal through which you can get into a lot of trouble—all without ever leaving the house. Ensure that your net surfing is as safe as possible by keeping these tips in mind.
1. Share Smart
Resist the urge to load your online profiles with information. Not only does a wealth of information make you an easier target for stalking, depending upon the intimacy of the details, it could also get you into trouble with current or future employers.
2. Read Privacy Policies
Though it may seem like meaningless fine print, the privacy policies to which you likely agree rapidly provide details as to how your information can be used. Home Group suggests reviewing them to ensure you’re okay with the individuals to whom this info may be handed.
3. Inspect Pictures Pre-Posting
Make sure that none of the pictures you post online allow would-be predators to determine where you live. Avoid street signs, house numbers and license plates. While you’re vetting your photos, also exclude anything that includes drugs or alcohol, as they could create problems for you in the workplace.
4. Watch Out for Phishing
Never respond to emails from companies asking for your credit card number of other personal information, warns LoveToKnow. Even if these emails look reputable, they likely aren’t, as few companies make requests in this manner.
5. Pick Good Passwords
Though easy to remember, “PASSWORD” isn’t a smart password choice. Build a strong password by selecting a phrase and turning it into an initialism. Further strengthen password security by adding seemingly random numbers and punctuation marks.
6. Plan Public Meetings
If you’re going to meet someone from the Internet, do it in public. Even if he or she seems nice, don’t allow them into your private life immediately.
7. Check Your Accounts
Catch financial cyber crime in its infancy to make recovery easier. Check your credit accounts often, and report any unauthorized charges immediately.
8. Employ Logic
If it seems too good to be true, it is. Immediately delete emails from unknown addresses — particularly those offering you participation in get-rich-quick schemes. As common sense could tell you, these aren’t reputable.
9. Turn Off Your Computer
Instead of letting your computer go to sleep, turn it off when you’re not using it. As the National Crime Prevention Council suggests, shutting down your computer shuts off hackers’ access to your information.
10. Get Your Family Involved
For full protection from cyber crimes, everyone in your family needs to be vigilant. Talk to young Internet users about the dangers of the Web. Monitor their use as they make their first tentative steps into Internet exploration.
11. Invest in Anti-Virus Software
A computer virus is more than just annoying—it’s dangerous. Many viruses give hackers access to your personal information. Avoid falling victim by maintaining a strong firewall at all times.