We are living in a digital era, where the internet plays a significant role in making our lives easier and smarter. A person is able to readily access information about anything on the planet and beyond the universe with just the help of a computer or a hand-held electronic device and the internet.
The internet provides numerous benefits to individuals and, at the same time, it also open doors to what is called today, the cyber-crime. This is a new type of crime that is extensively carried out through the use of technology and of course, the internet.
An anti-virus or internet security software application alone cannot protect you and all of your digital information when you are online. Things can get compromised by means and ways. Also, despite having a built-in Firewall on your Windows and Mac computers, you may still be prone to online security threats and become victim to vulnerable attacks online.
So, bringing this to your attention, here are a few more things that you need to consider when you do activities on the internet. Keep yourself protected and secure with some additional precautions.
Know these 5 safety tips to protect yourself from cyber-crime
If you are a casual user and use the internet for your daily activities, be sure to follow these safety tips and prevent yourself from becoming a victim to cyber-crime and compromising your vital digital information.
1. Limit the use of public Wi-Fi connections
Although the public Wi-Fi may seem to be readily available to users at public places such as a coffee shop, restaurant, etc., it may also pose a threat to your digital life. This is not to frighten you but to help make you realize the bad effects that can happen using the internet without taking precautions.
When you are out of your home and access a public Wi-Fi connection, such type of internet connection acts as a loophole (advantage) for the cyber-criminals, who are generally called hackers. There are, of course, good hackers and bad hackers as well, but here, the bad hackers come in the picture. They can easily hack into the public Wi-Fi connections, take control of your device and inject malware within seconds. So, if you are doing a critical task which includes finance, e-mails, etc., try to use the internet at home. It’s much safer this way.
2. Parental Control for your innocent children
If you have children who love using the internet on their personal computer or device. Make sure to allow or deny certain privileges to protect your children from being exploited online. Cyber-crime doesn’t see a person’s age, race or gender. It’s the main purpose is to make them their prey.
Since most people prefer using Windows and Mac. These operating systems come with a security feature known as the Parental Control. That allows you to set permissions to applications and software which your children should and should not use. You will find the Parental Control feature from the Control Panel settings in Windows and in System Settings in Mac computers. Adjust the settings to your or your children’s needs and you’re pretty much safe to go online.
3. Increase privacy in social media
The social media is a very popular platform that allows possibly all means of communication with people around the world. There are many popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, MySpace, etc. Millions of individuals from all parts of the world access these social media channels to communicate with their friends, family members, relatives, and acquaintance. People use social media to share photos, videos, audio, chat, etc.
This also opens the door to cyber-criminals who perform illegal activities that may directly or indirectly harm you. But, if you can increase the privacy on your social media usage. You can save yourself from being affected by such cyber-crime activities. You can access privacy settings from your social media profile. Tweak around a bit and allow only what you want to share.
4. Do not welcome strangers online
Cyber-criminals often target unknown people to steal their digital information like bank details, e-mails, passwords and other types of critical data. Not to forget that cyber-criminals are tech savvy. They also take the help of software to masquerade themselves and attack users on the internet.
You will often find, but very hard to detect, these cyber-criminals luring you into their traps by making you click on links, ads, images, videos, pop-ups, etc., on websites. Thus, a simple way to deal with such online traps is to avoid accidentally clicking on suspicious or strange links or media ads each time you visit a website that is not known to you properly.
5. Use a VPN router
Another safe way is to use a router that has a built-in virtual private network (VPN). You must have heard a lot about VPN connections. They are mostly used in offices, corporate sectors, and some organizations. VPN connections provide a secured and private internet connection for performing sensitive tasks online. These days, there are routers that have VPN feature that is made available to home users as well.
You can visit a store and ask for a router equipment that has a VPN function. You may also purchase one online. Your ISP (internet service provider) company can easily guide you in setting up and configuring your router equipment.
Do not compromise your information and privacy online
Your digital life is your private life and you must always keep it safe. Do not always depend completely on your anti-virus software because there are constant loopholes on the internet. What you do online is what matters the most. The tips given above are to guide you to have a safe experience online and fight against cyber-criminals. These security steps can also help minimize the accelerating growth of cyber-crime.Follow us on Social Media