Top 6 Internet safety rules
How to use the internet safely? With the advancement in technology, internet safety is more of our concern. For years, hackers and cyber attackers have been looking for weaknesses and loopholes to exploit and make benefit from it. There are several ways to ensure safe and secure browsing habits. In this article, we’ll be offering some best practices and guidelines for strengthening your internet safety.
We browse internet using web browsers. So browser is the interaction platform with the internet. So, we learn some Internet safety rules.
Pop-up windows can be used as a front for malicious activities. Clicking on a pop-up link instantly triggers the download or installation of malware. Alternatively, a link embedded within a pop-up might direct you to a trapped website. Where malware might be installed and your personal/financial data might be harvested. You can also avoid auto installation of these malicious files when you are using a non-administrative user login. Login using administrator on your computer when you need administrative privileges. Otherwise, login with guest accounts to do day to day browsing activities. Pop-up blocking is now a standard option available with most browsers. It’s an advisable step to take.
Clear your cookies regularly
Cookies are little text files saved in your browser’s cache memory when you visit certain websites. Cookies are deposited directly by a site you visit and may contain information such as your username and password which can make it easier for sites to remember you, and quicker for you to log into your accounts next time you visit. This can be a great convenience for a user – but the information contained in those cookies can also be an easy target for cyber-criminals looking to steal your credentials or financial data.
Some cookies are saved by external websites or advertisers on a site you visit, not in your cache memory to track your activities for marketing or other more sinister purposes. Cookies can remain stored on your system for weeks or more unless you delete them regularly. Typically, every browser has various cookie management and deletion options. It’s up to you how regularly you clean them up.
Disable ActiveX for Better Browser Security
Enabling ActiveX for having good animation support can also result in a security breach. ActiveX acts as a bridge between Java and Flash interactions. ActiveX may readily provide an avenue for malicious software to gain access to your system. It’s not used very often these days, and any site that asks you to install or activate it should be treated with great caution. You’re safer disabling ActiveX entirely if you use IE, Edge, or related browsers even if that does mean that you miss out on some content on certain sites.
Careful With Add-Ons and Extensions
Extensions and add-ons can bring extra functionality to your browser experience, but as with any third-party software, there’s always a risk. Using add-ons and extensions from unknown sources can be harmful.
Stay Up to Date
This the most common and general way for a breach. Many internet users use pirated software for saving few bucks which can prove too expensive to them. Older versions of operating systems and web browsers may contain vulnerabilities. which cyber-attackers can exploit to gain access to systems and information. So, always keep your software and security patches up to date is the most important factor.
Last but not the least, strong and complex passwords always helps in surfing the internet safely. Password with eight or more characters, with a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols (alphanumeric) renewed on a regular basis helps a lot.