Staying safe online has become a major issue today as the world becomes more and more of a digital hub. As shopping and payments become more and more common and easier online, there is a distinct possibility of one totally losing his things out if he does not pay enough attention to staying safe. We all are well aware of little tricks like changing passwords and cleaning cache and clearing the web history, but is that seriously enough? Sometimes we are extremely careless and end up making a word file on our desktop which contains the account passwords for our banking details and if by mistake someone looks into that file, we end up regretting it. So, how exactly to be safe online yet enjoy all the benefits that the internet comes with? Well, in bullet points, keep in mind for the following:
- Do not use pirated versions of OS. They maybe costly, but it is always advisable to spend some money and get the original thing.
- Always have a password protection on startup.
- Have a separate user account for guests who would use your laptop.
- Make sure your OS and all the applications running on it are up to date.
- Use a modern browser and if possible go for Chrome or FireFox.
- Keep unique and different passwords for every ID that you create.
- Do not trust password keepers and avoid storing passwords.
- Make sure to delete the account statement of your bank in case you download it to read it.
- Keep a check on your bank statements regularly.
- Use a standard Anti Spyware or malware program.
- Make sure you have your Firewall turned on always.
- Be sure to quit sharing programs, like team viewer, etc. properly.
- Make sure you only purchase things from sites that are authorized and do secure transactions.
- Check for the credibility of the seller in case you are purchasing things off a seller on sites such as E-Bay, Olx etc.
- Look for the warranty of the product, and prefer to pick a product that has manufacturer’s warranty and not the seller’s.
- Never give out your classified information online or via E-Mail.
- If you are running an application of a particular site using your smart phone, make sure you check the information it has access to, before granting it access.
Here is an interesting infographic too, which would help drive home the point better.