Safer Internet Day 2019: 3 Internet Safety Measures You Must Not Ignore
Have you ever wondered how the world existed without the internet? It can be assumed that information would have gone around much more slowly, and research would have been more complicated to do. The Internet is a tool of civilization, and if utilized well, can make one’s world an easier and a better place.
However, the internet is not all good news. The mere fact that there are no restrictions from the content being uploaded on all internet outlets worldwide makes it a dangerous place to be if proper measures are not in place. Thus, the essence of a Safer Internet Day to advocate worldwide for ways to make the internet a safer place to be. Since it’s almost impossible to stay away, it’s then necessary to learn ways to stay as safe as possible.
So, what steps are to be taken?
Passwords have been a great means of restricting access to information on the internet from the ages past. Nevertheless, it’s not enough to just have a password, but a very strong password. A strong password consists of incoherent gobbledygook of words, in the upper and lower case forms, numbers, and symbols if allowed. Using a password like PfgtT15FasrTL20 secures your data more, and makes it almost impossible for outsiders to penetrate. Although using the same password over a variety of internet sites might be less stressful, it is never an advisable way to keep your internet safe. Mix it up!
While surfing through the internet, it’s always advised to be smart and careful. Browse smartly, click smartly and share information smartly. Spam emails, free offers, click bait, online quizzes and more are usually baits to entice you to click on dangerous links or give up your personal or sensitive information for fraudulent purposes.
Thus, be particularly careful when it comes to sharing your data online, it can be used for impersonation purposes or as an entrance into your entire internet database. Only download applications and software from their official websites and be careful when clicking on links that lead outside the application.
CAREFUL ONLINE SHOPPING
In today’s world, comfort is everything. We all want to remain in the confines of our environment while someone brings our goods to our doorstep. Yes, it’s relaxing, but be careful that your comfort doesn’t bring a bag of distress with it. Online shopping is the fastest way to put your sensitive details to the world. You don’t just put your personal information; you include sensitive account information too!
Hence, use only accredited websites for shopping. Also, ensure that the site’s address starts with “https,” instead of just “HTTP,” and has a padlock icon in the URL field. This indicates that the website is secure and uses encryption to scramble your data so others can’t intercept it. Then, take heed to websites with bad grammar and misspellings on their sites, it’s never a good sign!
Now, let’s talk about keeping yourself safe. The term “yourself” covers both you, your family or anyone you care about keeping the internet safe for. As you cannot control what is being shared on the internet, you can control what you and your family see online. Set adult ratings for your children, that way, they are not shown things that endanger their innocence. Set passwords and roadblocks to keep the information you don’t need away from your internet presence. If you can’t do this, contact a professional. If it’s about you, then it’s worth it.
Pledge today, and take deliberate steps to make the internet safer, for your information, and yourself.