The internet has opened up ways in which people communicate, and it provides numerous opportunities on how to interact. However, being online also exposes you to risks that you should look into when using your laptop, phone or tablet.
Ensuring You Are Secure When Browsing the Internet
- Go to sites which you trust: Be wary of random websites that keep popping up on your screen when you are online. Do not follow links that you get from people you do not trust on email or social media.
- Check the security sign: You should always check on the URL space to establish whether a site you are visiting is secure. A small padlock or unbroken key on the URL shows that the site is secure. Having an ‘s’ after ‘http’ (https) also indicates that the site has been verified to be safe.
- Use reliable VPNs: Using a VPN improves your security by masking your identity, and making it less likely for hackers to see your online activities. VPNs are available for laptops, desktops, and mobile devices. Do your research to find the one which would suit you before installing.
- Have strong passwords: If you need to login to any site, you should have strong passwords that are hard to recreate. You should also change your password as often as possible. This is so that you do not become a victim of identity theft when hackers access your account and run havoc with it. Use the two-step verification, which is available for online users.
- Trust your instincts: This may sound unconventional but do not ignore that inner feeling which makes you think that a site is not secure. If you suspect there is something fishy about a website, trust your instincts and leave. Sometimes, the inner voice inside you is greater than any precaution you can see.