Top 7 Things One Should Never Do Online

 

While the internet is capable of connecting billions of devices to each other and answering all our questions, one hard fact that we cannot overlook is its potential of creating numerous problems too. In today’s scenario, it is quite normal when someone might accidentally click on a corrupted URL and lose all of his high-priority files on his computer.

In order to stay secure against present day’s internet risks, here are 7 key points for every internet user to follow.

Don’t post just everything on social media

 Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram appear to be a great platform for people to share videos, pictures, status updates, check-ins and what not. However, these platforms have also opened doors for cyber intruders who can misuse information shared on social media to execute their malicious motives. To avoid any possible misuse of information,

  • Never accept friend requests from strangers
  • Restrain from sharing personal information like date of birth, location, credit card info, etc.

Don’t download from random sites

Be it your favorite movie or any latest musical album, downloading files from low reputation websites often ends up with serious computer infections and malware. Free content is often rigged with malware that gets installed on target systems through downloaded media. To prevent such attacks

  • Only choose authentic download websites
  • Do not download pirated content
  • Do not download if the content appears suspicious

Keep Strong Passwords for Your Accounts

Ever thought that what would happen if a hacker breaks into one of your online accounts by cracking your password? What if you have the same password for all your online accounts? The consequences could be major with a potential loss of data and finance. Keep these points in mind when creating a password:

  • Do not use the same password for every account
  • Do not use dictionary words
  • Use a combination of characters, symbols, and numbers

Do not stay glued to your screen

Browsing the internet becomes an addiction, especially for kids who generally start off with online games for fun but mostly end up getting addicted to them. In today’s generation, online addiction has not only taken a toll on physical health but has also harmed the mental health of the majority of children. To guard oneself against its underlying effects. always remember to:

  • Set time limit for internet browsing
  • Take out time for outdoor activities

Do not Bully others on the Internet

Nowadays, cyberbullying is turning out to be a serious issue with consequences leading to rising in depression, isolation and even suicide among the victims. Abusing someone over the internet by posting their inappropriate pictures, videos or harassing the victim online can cause serious repercussions. Always ensure that:

  • Do not share content that doesn’t belong to you
  • Do not use inappropriate language
  • Always report to concerned authorities if you are being bullied

Do not fall for phishing scams

Ever received a mail from a renowned brand/company telling you have won millions in a random lottery? At first glance, it may feel so good but in reality, it is a scam. Online attackers send phishing emails aimed to steal sensitive information from people. Always Keep in mind:

  • Do not click on random links and attachments that come via email
  • Always check the complete sender name and email id before replying
  • Do not share sensitive information like username and password

Do not get fooled by online dating websites

Online dating lures many youngsters as it appears to be an easy medium to find a dating partner. However, hackers are also taking advantage of this by creating fake profiles to mint easy money. Online attackers fool people into their sob stories to trap them into money extortion. Keep in mind:

  • Register only on reputable websites
  • Only consider verified profiles
  • Block/Report suspicious profiles immediately

Along with the aforementioned tips, there are several other things to take care of while browsing the web. According to REVE Antivirus, a leading IT security solution provider, every PC must have an antivirus installed, which acts as the first line of defense against cyber threats.

 

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