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Top 5 Tips to Maintaining Internet Security

Written by William

How Internet Security performs is often the difference between safety and identity theft. When users browse the Internet, they open themselves up to a variety of risks from phishing to viruses, which require antivirussoftware. Most of these risks can be avoided with proper habits and security products.

1. Use a Secure Browser and Secure Settings

Browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Safari come with decent security as part of the product. However, it is possible to change certain settings to be either more or less secure depending on the user’s needs. For example, by default, most browsers will store cookies, but it is good to change these settings so that cookies are not saved. Some give users the option of storing passwords, but browsers are not a good place to store this kind of information. Go through all security settings thoroughly after the install.

2. Know Scams and How to Avoid Them

 

One way that many people retrieve information on the Internet is by convincing users into giving it. Some browsers will attempt to detect phishing sites and the like, but it is good to know how to detect scams in case security fails. Always make sure to check the URL in the address bar when using banking, shopping, and other sites that collect personal information.

Type of Scam

Detecting

 

Emails

Scammers may send emails claiming to be from an individual in distress who needs help. These will ask for bank info, name, etc. Never respond to these in any way. Label them as spam and move on.
 

Site Redirects

Phishing scammers who want to get users to input sensitive information can send emails with links or simply post them to sites that look like reputable companies but are not. Checking the URL to be sure it is the official site URL and never using links provided in emails can avoid this.
 

Community Scams

Thanks largely to the number of communities on the Internet, scammers use them to befriend people, fake dire need, and collect money. Those who send money to friends they trust online should always do so securely through one of the many secure financial sites online.

 

3. Get Internet Security Software

Internet security companies include Kaspersky Internet Security, McAfee Internet Security, Norton Internet Security, AVG Internet Security, and NOD32. It is easy to find these, and many others, online at security stores and even some brick and mortar stores. They all feature different Internet security options. Which will work best depends on the needs of each user, his or her browsing habits, and what type of computer he or she owns. Most of these companies offer different levels of security as well, so always do the research on different brands and versions.

4. Use Different and Secure Passwords on Every Site

A secure password gets harder to come by all the time, but there is an easier way of doing it. Passphrases are sentences with spaces, capitalization, and whatever else the user wants to add. Use something ridiculous and memorable. These are next to impossible to guess, and even experienced hackers find it virtually impossible to discover passphrases without getting a person to give them up. Of course, some sites will have parameters for passwords that will not allow this, so try to make them as complicated as possible. Store passwords securely on a program like LastPass and the only passphrase that will need remembering is the one for the password security app.

5. Reduce Digital Footprint

A person’s digital footprint is essentially the amount of personal information he or she has on the Internet. In order to reduce this, limit how much is placed on social network sites, forums, and similar sites. People who like to share with family and friends can still maintain a relatively small digital footprint by using secure settings on communities they frequent. This means never having public profiles and continuing to keep information like phone numbers and addresses private.

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