How to Stay Safe while Browsing Online
The internet has literally changed the way we live our lives. Businesses operate online, in a virtual space. Each day you’ll check the news, facebook, twitter, the list goes on. You’ll do this online. Without the internet our lives would be totally different, as would the whole world. It has connected us all like nothing has ever before.
Browsing now needs to be done with a degree of care, and a knowledge of the dangers out there to your life and your computer.
With the internet came the ability to email. No longer do we have to send mail by post. And it isn’t just words, we can send whole documents, pictures, music files, whatever we want in the form of an attachment. Hackers and spreaders of viruses have realised this is a key way to gain access to your computer systems. Some emails try to fish for your information by using elaborate hoaxes that lure you in, but a main trend these days is by attaching a virus to the email which you open, as you open it a virus pours out and floods your system. These viruses can be a mere nuisance or they can totally ruin your hard drive and render your computer useless. There are secure data recovery locations which can help you beat the virus and get your data back, but the best defence is by not opening any kind of of attachments from senders you do not recognise.
Email is an in for hackers, but there are others too. Be careful where you download your files from. You may think you’re being savvy by downloading a piece of software for free but you could be inviting a computer crippling virus onto your system. Even if you are downloading the file from a respectable website, it could have a virus embedded. Administrators don’t have the time to check each file for viruses. One answer could be to scan it for viruses first, another could be by reading reviews of the same file download, by doing this you can see whether anyone else has had trouble with the file. Your best bet is by being extremely selective when it comes to file downloads. Do your research and err on the side of caution.
You need to be careful with what information you put out there in chatrooms and forums too. It may be a highly respectable forum regarding something you enjoy and frequent often, but that doesn’t stop the other people who use it from being weirdos. It is surprisingly easy to track people down these days. All it takes is a name, and then they can match the photo on your forum account to your social media accounts, this lets them see where you live. Can you see how the trail works? Use an alias. A maiden name or something can work. Doing this can stop people stalking you and finding out information about you that you would rather remain private.