Staying safe online

In this day and age where most of us rely on the technology that has advanced so much to the point that we manage most of our tasks on internet and are connected to it one way or other. From simple emailing for communications to managing our bank accounts and paying our bills, everything is now being done on internet. While this is one of the most convenient way to do these things and yes, it makes our life that little bit easier, we have to take in to consideration that this poses a big risk. If

If precautions are not taken then the threat of internet hackings may affect us greatly. Therefore, while managing everything on internet, we should also always be careful of simple things like the sites we are visiting and the links we are clicking on.

Today we are going to remind you of some of the simple things that you should be aware of:

Making sure you have an updated version of Antivirus

Almost all of us have Antivirus but not all of us updates them on regular basis or choose the correct antivirus that is best for us. As most of us, home users use free antivirus, we should take in to consideration that free antivirus are a basic form of protection and does not cover all aspects of the protection from internet. Though some of the free antivirus are really good such as Avast. Make sure you have regularly updated it so it has the most recent list of threats and run a full scan as frequently as you could.

Saving yourself from the spam emails

One of the easiest way for hackers are to get control of your PC through your internet browser. One of the most common method is to trick you to click on a link which leads to phishing sites. Received any email inviting you to click on it? Or even asking you to change your password? NEVER click on any link unless you are 100% sure that it is safe. For instance, if you were to get an email from Microsoft Outlook, this link should take you to Microsoft website not any other. Curious about finding out where it leads you to? Just hoover over your mouse pointer on the link (DON’T click it), you should the link it will take you to!

Though most of these emails are blocked, some of them will manage to come through to your inbox. One of the recent spam email which manages to go through to your email box is the Evernote scam email, informing you of documents uploaded. Beaware!

Be careful of the site you are visiting

Some of the websites will automatically collect your data and download Trojans on to your PC without your knowledge or even by the time you will realise you will have already downloaded it on to your system. Do not be fooled by visiting any sites for crack files etc.

Never accept files from strangers

Whether you are just casually chatting on social network or direct IM, never accept any file from an unknown person, be it just a picture / an image file. Some viruses come in the form of images.

Periodically check your PC for adware, malware etc

Keep your PC clean by periodically checking your PC for adware and malware.

Never reveal personal information online

Be aware when having conversations with strangers online. Just after a casual chat or getting to know someone a little bit, do not trust them straight away and reveal your personal information. Revealing your personal information may greatly affect you afterwards.

[Source: www.nethome.co.uk]

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