I know it has been too long since I posted and I really apologise for it. Couldn’t post due to some personal reasons and health issues. I am back today with a new post about Internet Safety Tips for everyone.
Safety on the internet is a myth, no one is 100% secure, even big tech giants like Facebook, Microsoft and Google have been hacked, so we are ordinary people :p
I am listing some major tips which you can follow to be safe on the internet, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get hacked, you surely can get hacked, but following the below tips can help you to be a bit more secure and chances of getting hacked will drop a bit. So let’s get started!
6 Internet Safety tips to follow in order to avoid getting hacked
1) Create a unique password
As Eric Griffin, who wrote for PC Mag online said, “Passwords are like underwear. You should change them often (okay, maybe not every day :p). Don’t share them. Don’t leave them out for others to see”
Do not use the same passwords everywhere. I get a lot of questions like “Why should I not use the same password everywhere?” I will answer here. The reason for not using the same passwords everywhere is because once a hacker gets your username/password combination used on one website, there’s a strong possibility that same information will gain them access to other websites and services which are on their list.
Keep your passwords longer and include uppercase, lowercase, numbers as well as symbols to make it stronger. Do not use your date of birth or your wife’s name or “I am the coolest dude” types of passwords, it is very easy to hack. If a hacker is going to hack your account, then it is not just going to randomly guess your password and take ages to hack it instead he analyses your behaviour pattern first.
So the bottom line is don’t use the same passwords everywhere, change it on a weekly or monthly basis, use a strong combination of characters including uppercase letters, lowercase, numbers and symbols, do not use common passwords.
2) Check out for FAKE Websites
If you are visiting the website for the first time, make sure you do a background check of the website in order for its authenticity. Check out the reviews of the website online and when trying to do a payment on the website, make sure it has https enabled, most of the fake sites do not have this in their payment gateway.
Browse the website thoroughly before ordering or providing your personal information, like go through their “About Us” page or “Contact Us” page and see if they have contact mentioned and call them and from then on you could spot if it is a fraud website or a genuine website
3) Play safe on Social Networking Websites
Social networking websites are fun, you get to post your lavish life, you chat with a friend of yours in Bosnia, you check out your friends enjoying even more lavish life and what not? We have come huge far in terms of social networking and we have to be a bit cautioned when we use these type of websites.
Be careful when opening links, applies to both, stranger as well as a friend. (never open links from strangers). Links are always dangerous, phishing has been more advanced these days and could make almost anyone fall for it. Phishing is replicating the same website and you would hardly find any difference between them, even the URLs these days for phishing websites are so good that you will be confused whether it is real or not. The links which you might get will be titled as “You need to sign up to access this XYZ feature of Facebook” and stuffs. Have a thorough check of the URL first before entering any sensitive credentials.
Don’t update your Instagram feed or Facebook wall with all your personal information, that you just went to Starbucks and paid a bill of Rs 1000, you might think it looks cool and you will attract some new followers, those followers might be hackers in disguise. And please don’t ever accept a request from unknown people; even if you do, don’t chat with them; even if you chat with them, don’t share your personal information with them!
Bonus Tip- Disable your location or geo-coordinates from your photos and post.
4) Your Mobile Device is VULNERABLE
No matter how secure your phone is, one link will eventually destroy it. How many times have you encountered with stuff like below?
Many times, right and these might not actually be a threat, these are spam websites who earn with your clicks, but it surely will be a threat when you enter your personal and sensitive information in order to get that iPhone X in just Rs 200. Get that thing straight, no one is so humane here to give you an iPhone for Rs 200, even the back case is worth more than that. Think people. Stop clicking on those links and do not enter personal information, you never know what will be the next move of hackers. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Sometimes, you install some applications or visit a website and you just blindly give access to whatever they ask and you do not think twice, that small mistake of ours might be a very crucial mistake. The unknown app which you have given permission to access your contacts or email will seem a big deal when you encounter some malicious stuff going on your phone. There are some apps or even websites that start running in the background (without you even knowing) and they already can see what are you seeing or whom you are texting, all you have to do is just open the app or website once and the script starts running automatically, you might see some of the apps installed which you have never installed, heavy drainage of battery, emails are already read before you and stuff.
So, do not open suspicious links, or install unknown apps.
Bonus Tip – Mute your family group :p
5) Don’t FALL for any type of SCAMS!
The Internet itself is a big SCAM :p There are a lot of scams on the internet like Social Media Scam, Smartphone Scam, Shopping Scams and the best one Earn 50,000 per month by doing nothing SCAM. Let me explain you the scams in detail.
Let us start with our beloved Earn 50,000 per month by doing nothing SCAM, one of the biggest scams on the internet and one of the profitable business running on the internet. They mostly target the youths aged 16- 23 because these are the people who easily fall for it by just looking at the amount, and when applied they act so genuine and stuff, they ask all the details and you give them and then comes the “Membership fee” which you have to pay in order to do security check, or print id cards or whatsoever bullshit, and after paying that amount, tadaa you are blocked and you just got scammed , so please do not even fall for these type of scams.
The rest which is smartphone scam and social media scam are already discussed above, but to be short and concise do not fall for those FREE things or 80% off things on social media. They will ask you to fill a form which will ask all your personal details, you won’t get that thing but surely your identity is compromised, so beware!
6) Browse Safe and Download Safe!
Always browse trusted and reputed websites and don’t just go and visit a random website, some websites even have a script running behind and something automatically gets downloaded once you visit the website, so always keep a check on your downloads and your history.
Always keep your browser up to date and install all the latest security patches, this does not only limit to your browser but even your operating system, keep everything up to date and do not procrastinate in this or else it will be too late!
Have a trusted antivirus and frequently scan your computer and even the websites you visit. Always scan your downloads before installing it. Do not download from any random websites, some downloads might be a click bait, so do a background check of the website before downloading anything.
Avoid Free Wi-Fi and Public Wi-Fi. Do not use Wi-Fi at Airports, Coffee Shops, Theaters. Since it is a free internet connection, many people use it to send some quick texts or do a check-in but please avoid doing that because attackers nearby often use wireless sniffers to sniff these unprotected networks and gain access to user’s information sent over the unprotected network, so the best thing is not to use those networks, just for few minutes of free Wi-Fi might cost you a lot.
Disable stored passwords and use two-factor authentication on social networking websites, I am not telling that your account is 100% secure, but it certainly is an additional layer of security.
Bonus Tip- Enable browser’s pop-up blocker.
So, this was it guys. 6 Internet safety tips that everyone can follow, I hope you liked the post if you got any doubt, drop your doubts in the comment section below and I will try to solve it. By the way, have you checked our new YouTube channel? If not check this channel Hackers Den. See you in the next post as well as video :p