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Online safety guide: 6 tips on how to stay safe online

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

Everyone is online nowadays. The number of people using the internet is increasing, however, do we all know how to stay safe online? Let’s have a look at some tips!

Purchase a strong antivirus and don’t forget to keep it updated Even though an antivirus will not protect your computer against every threat, it is still the first step that you should take when purchasing a PC. It will most likely protect your computer against most malware and viruses; however, it is important to keep it up to date for the fullest possible functionality.

Choose strong passwords and do not save them on your browser

Have you ever used a password “password” or “1234”? If your answer is yes, you might want to think again. It is understandable that internet users choose a password that is easy to remember, but don’t forget that these kinds of passwords are also easy to guess for cyber thieves.

Use a cloud back-up service In order to make sure that you don’t lose any important documents, it is recommended that you use a Cloud service as a back-up. This way, if anything happens to your computer, your files will be safe without having to carry any physical data storage (such as different hard discs).

Beware of what you download The goal of different cyber thieves is to download different apps that contain malware. That is why it is recommended to do proper research before downloading and not download apps that look suspicious. This applies to the e-mail attachments as well. You should not download an e-mail attachment without knowing what it is.

Make online purchases only on secured sites Almost everyone purchased something online at this point. Many of you might therefore know that you need to provide credit card details when you buy online. This is very attractive to cyber thieves and that is why you should focus on shopping only at websites that are secure. You can indicate that by looking at the address (it should be https – the “s” stands for secure).

Minimize your use of public wi-fi We have all used public wi-fi at some point. Either in a café or when we were waiting on an airport. However, it is important to know that the usage of public wi-fi could be risky. Hackers who are using the same WIFI could easily have access to unsecured devices within the same network. This way, they are able to see all your activity online, including banking information or passwords.

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