Internet is a wonderful place to explore, right? But like any destination to which you head if you do not keep sure things could end badly. Fortunately you do not need any qualifications or advanced studies in computer networks and to keep you safe while you are online; you only need to read and take into account these 12 simple tricks, which will minimize any risk of something going wrong while browsing the Internet.
Keep your software updated
Silent and background updates may sometimes be somewhat annoying, but they are very important as to keep you safe. And this is the main reason why operating systems and browsers are usually constantly updated. So installs updates whenever all your applications will be reminded of some (not just upgrade your browser).
Clear your browser
Uninstall the browser extensions that do not use and which do not fully trust, because these could impair its performance or even spy on you without your knowledge. Go to the page that displays the extensions on your browser from the setup menu and there might discover that you have installed some do not even know. Make sure you remove everything not needed.
Enables two-step verification
Many applications and services today have the option to enable two-step verification on your accounts, such as Google, Apple, Microsoft or Facebook, among many others. Basically this means that you will use SMS text message or a code using an application to log together with your username and password, which can prevent anyone else access to your accounts even taking your data.
Check the activity in your accounts
Some platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, allow you to review activity logons to see if there is any suspicious activity that you are not aware (such as someone has accessed your Twitter account from another country ). It is also a good idea to plastering access to any application you no longer use, to reduce the risk of someone accessing your accounts.
Protect your phone with a password or PIN
If someone takes your phone and not have some measure of security in the lock screen, this person may have access to your accounts in social networks and history of web browser (collectively with users and passwords that you have synced here). So we recommend adding a lock pattern, PIN code or using fingerprint to ensure that there is a security measure to prevent anyone from accessing your smartphone.
Protect your computer session
Whether on a desktop or laptop, it is necessary that you protect access to your session so as to prevent someone proofread your browser (along with all the passwords you have associated with it) and your applications. It is advisable to add a password or some form of protection, and make sure that Windows or MacOS are configured to require a password when you turn it on, wake sleep or spend a certain amount of time without being've used.
Take advantage of encryption end to end
Encrypted messages can not be read by anyone other than the sender and the recipient, even if someone else tries to access them will not power. It is recommended that you only enter your sensitive data on web pages whose address begins with "https" (the browser bar will show a green padlock), and also recommend using messaging platforms actually encrypted as WhatsApp or Signal to your most important debates and confidential issues.
Be careful in public WiFi networks
The problem with WiFi networks public is that they are public; like you can connect so you can make anyone else. Which means you must be very careful with the files you are sharing, the web pages you are visiting and even is advisable to install a VPN if you have not already done so . It is preferable that do not access to web pages with very sensitive data (like bank accounts, for example) from these networks.
Do not share more than you need
Note that social networks like Instagram and Twitter are public by default, which means that anyone can see where you are and what you are doing if you share too. So we recommend avoid marking your location in photos you post when you are at home or work, for example. Facebook has a number of options so that only a few people see your location, and you should use it.
Secure your most important accounts
Could anyone calling your bank or ISP and impersonate you? We recommend that you review your key information that could be used to identify you (such as birthdays, pet names, addresses) is not available online, so that nobody can impersonate your identity. It is also important to exploit any additional security measure that you provide your bank platforms and other sensitive character.
Use tools for online security
There are many tools free and paid to help keep your Internet activities safe and add an additional layer of protection to your browser. We recommend that you choose a reputable and, of course, always keep updated.
Use real-life tricks
Not all security measures that you can use are digital. Some of the biggest names in Internet are known to put tape over your webcam to prevent any curious observe them. It is also advisable to connect your computer to the Internet via a cable and not WiFi whenever you can (because it is more difficult to hack dee this way) and please do not keep passwords and sensitive information noted on slips of paper, notebooks and much less on your computer because it will be easier to work any hacker who wants to access your accounts.
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