For most Internet users, online security means to avoid attacks, but data collection conducted by sites that seem innocent can become a problem in time. If you want to browse securely and privately, here are the best tips to stay safe online.
Nowadays, we’re always connected to the Internet, and that might turn out to be problematic in the long-term because as the technology evolves, so do the hackers who come up with more sophisticated methods to retrieve private data from victims’ computers.
Nonetheless, even those trustworthy sites like Google search engine, Facebook, and so on, collect data about us. So, what should we do to be safe online?
Use search engines that don’t collect data
Google has already created a bad reputation for collecting user data. For complete online anonymity, many users turned to DuckDuckGo, the only search engine that guarantees user security against data collection. Other variants less frightening than Google are Bing and Ixquick.
Use a VPN service
Most of the quality VPN services are not free but provide you with a secure internet connection that prevents sites and hackers from gathering information about you.
A VPN solution can also avoid your ISP (internet provider) from collecting data about the websites you visit.
Use complex passwords
Complex passwords, marked on paper, remain the best way to protect your accounts. Many passwords management apps promise security, but they may have technical problems that interrupt their service exactly when you need them most. Use complex passwords and write them down on a separate paper from the username and site.
Sign up for a secondary e-mail address
Most online services require an email address, which is why it is critical to have at least two e-mail addresses – the personal email address and a secondary one, where you will notice how spam is collected as you use it more.
Take advantage of automatic updates
Automatic updates provide increased security quickly. Use them, whether it’s the operating system or the browser, but particularly in the case of problematic plugins like Flash and Java.
Use a good firewall
Whether you opt for an operating system’s native firewall or antivirus program, make sure it is turned on around the clock for better protection against hacker attacks.
Limit your online transactions
Online commerce is on the rise, and as it increased in popularity so made the online fraud attempts. When you have to do online transactions, perform them only from a secure network and on a secure site (https://).
Protect your smartphone
If you keep your smartphone always connected to the Internet secure your phone with a reliable antivirus app. Also, you should protect your privacy by setting up fingerprint, model, or PIN unlock on your handset.