In the beginning, the internet was not so user-friendly – you had to know how to access it, and you had to have a wired connection using a modem . However, neither these technologically savvy pioneers of the Internet nor the relatively small number of other users of this global network made security a priority.
Today we have ubiquitous Wi-Fi networks and social networks, and you can connect to the Internet without any problems. It is so simple that even toddlers or great-grandparents can use it. Thanks to the internet, we can buy, sell, bank, work and communicate, but you have to remember that throughout this ecosystem there are more and more dangers and villains.
We often mention that the need to be careful is greater than ever, but it has never been so easy to be carefree.
Therefore, I have collected for you seven points describing the behaviors that we absolutely need to stop doing on the web. We make some of these mistakes every day, and they make many people into trouble. You could say that this is such a list of forbidden things.
- Trust in open Wi-Fi networks
Everything about a Wi-Fi connection comes with risks: starting with trusting the network to be genuine. For example, criminals can create fake Wi-Fi hotspots and give them compelling names such as „McDonalds Open Network” or „Guest Hotel 3”.
Suppose you believe that an open Wi-Fi network is real. This does not mean that it is safe anyway – it means that the network „libraryWiFi” with the slogan „ReadBooks!” it really belongs to the library, but does not guarantee that cybercriminals aren’t lurking there. If you must use the web, do it as securely as you can : avoid visiting sites that require logging in, and especially carrying out financial transactions. And if nothing related to the bank, nothing to shopping. Use a VPN connection if you can .
- Choose simple, easy-to-guess passwords
Choosing the names of pets, family members, birthdates, etc. makes passwords ineffective. Think of one that other people will find hard to guess, and use our password checker to learn how to create better passwords.
It is worth adding that a reliable password does not have to be as complicated as this: ML) k [V / u, p% mA + 5m – a random sequence of characters will be difficult for you to remember. Try our ways to create strong passwords that are easy to remember .
- Use of the same passwords
You already have a new, strong password. Easy to remember, hard to hack. But one thing is not enough for you. Ultimately, your login details may also be leaked . And when one login and password is used for both e-mail, bank account and account on Amazon, Facebook, Linkedin … well, you know what the risk is.
- Clicking on links in e-mail messages
Who thinks clicking links in e-mail is a good idea? Unfortunately, many people – including criminals. Clicking on them in spam or phishing emails may redirect you to a site that will automatically download malicious program onto your computer, or to one that looks familiar but will steal your password. Additionally, clicking confirms to spammers that someone has opened the message – and encourages them to continue.
I have to add one point here: be sure to stop clicking the „Like!” Button everywhere. – this is how you often find likes farms . You know, it’s about these – Like and share and you’ll win an iPhone ! Like it if you think that animal abuse is not allowed ! At best, you won’t win anything, but it’s safe to assume that you’re helping scammers to develop their murky activities. Also, there is always a risk of some malicious program getting installed (in this case we can help – but it’s better to avoid such situations).
- Share login information with other people
The only way to make sure that no one malicious – or lowly reflective – is in possession of your login details is to keep them private.
- Informing on the web that you are outside the city
Writing on your profile such content: „Two weeks of relaxation on the beach – who is jealous?” „And tomorrow in Mexico!” „Can someone take care of our dog in a week?” not a good idea. Just like sharing photos with a tag of your current location. Only keep this information for people you trust – especially on networks like Facebook.
- Leave the default settings for social networks
Overall, social media provides some pretty good tools for controlling what information is shared – these can be publicly visible to people in your circle of friends or strangers. Sometimes you have to dig deeper to find them; besides, they may change from time to time. Before you create a new account, please take 5 minutes to review your privacy and security settings. For existing accounts, take a few minutes each month to make sure you’re still only sharing everything with those you want.
Then, before sharing with your friends on Facebook, Twitter followers , contacts on LinkedIn, or anywhere else, make sure that strangers don’t see information that could identify you or harm you.
Remember that in the electronic version of life it pays to be aware and alert as well as suspicious. Wi-Fi providers, banks, and social network makers strive to make users feel comfortable and at ease, but to online criminals, you look like a huge pile of cash. So: will you be smarter on the internet?