6. Go online with a secure browser
Our web browsers are the main tools we use to access the Internet and we should pay a great deal of attention to secure them correctly. At the same time, the vulnerabilities from web browsers are like open invitations to hackers. By using these open doors, online criminals attempt to retrieve private data from our systems.
To secure our online privacy, make sure you follow these recommendations:
– Choose the latest version for your browser and make sure you have the latest security patches installed. This is important and keeps your system secure from online criminals’ attacks.
– Increase your privacy and security settings in your browser.
– Choose a private browsing session when you access a website you are not sure about. Choosing this navigation mode will prevent your browsing session details from being stored.
– Use secure websites for sensitive financial operations. To visit a secure website, make sure the web address starts with “https://”. The “s” comes from “secure socket layer” and it indicates you are connected to a website where data, which is sent and received, is encrypted.
7. Don’t trust public and free wireless networks
Be careful when connecting to public and free wireless networks. One of the favourite methods used by online criminals to retrieve your credentials is by using wireless sniffers to access data sent over unprotected networks.
One way to increase your security is by using a “private browsing” session, this way you make sure your credentials won’t be stored locally. Nevertheless, this won’t stop the Internet Service Provider or anyone else “listening” out there to catch your private communication.
Use a Virtual Private Network To Hide Your IP Address
With the increased danger of online theft and lack of privacy on popular social platforms, such as Facebook, we need to safeguard our freedom and protect our Internet activities. One way of keeping your browsing session private and secure is to use a VPN, that is a Virtual Private Network.
VPN means that you hide your IP address, encrypt your connection and surf in complete anonymity. This way you protect your online privacy and your sensitive data from online criminals, internet scams, identity theft, phishing attempts and malicious threats. To stay safe on public and free wireless networks, we recommend to use a popular VPN.
8. Check the link before you click it
Phishing threats are usually done by using e-mail messages that apparently come from financial institutions or well-known banking websites. These attempts to retrieve private information from an user provide links in the message that direct the victim to a fake web location, controlled by online criminals.
To make sure you won’t be infected by clicking on dangerous links, hover the mouse over the link to see if you are directed to a legitimate location. If you were supposed to reach your online banking website, but the link indicates “hfieo88.net“, then you should not click the link.
So, how can you know where you’ll arrive if you click it?
To make sure you are going to the right direction, use a free tool such as Redirect Detective. This tool will allow you to see the complete path of a redirected link.
9. Don’t forget to log out
Don’t simply close your browser when you are done with your business or when you exit your online account.
You need to remember that you have to log out from your online account. If you don’t do this, especially if you are in a public location, the next person who opens the Facebook account, for example, will access directly your Facebook profile.
We recommend you also use a virtual browser for your financial operations to keep your online banking secure. Private browsing sessions are also recommended if you want to prevent authentication credentials (or cookies) from being stored.
10. Don’t post private information on social media account
Exposing personal details may lead hackers into finding your financial information. For the same reason, check your children’s social media behaviour to make sure they won’t expose private information that may possibly be used against you, in phishing attacks.
11. Don’t access questionable web locations
Don’t access or download content from unknown or controversial locations. Access websites that proved to be safe and you know you can trust.
Nevertheless, this is not a guarantee that you won’t get infected. Nowadays, cyber-criminals exploit vulnerabilities in legitimate websites and inject malicious code, as to perform drive-by attacks on unsuspecting visitors.
It may be a free screen saver or a browser toolbar that may infect you with a key logger that can record and send your personal data to cyber-criminals. To make sure your system is protected and your credentials are not exposed, install a security product, which can detect and stop hackers from stealing valuable information from your system.
How much can be revealed from our online habits before we become subjects to online surveillance?