When it comes to safety online, you can never be too careful. With a plethora of technology available for us to use, it’s easier now more than ever for hackers to access your personal information and ruin your electronic devices in the process. If you would like to protect yourself against online misfortunes, check out our top ten tips to ensure your safety in the cyber world.

  • Create strong, unique passwords for each website you use. Unless you have an impeccable memory that would allow you to remember each password offhand, having several complex passwords may require you to install or use a password manager.
  • Use some type of internet security system software. There are several major brands that often offer a free trial period, or even lesser known companies that require no cost for your online security. The software typically protects you from viruses, spyware, and malware.
  • Avoid giving out your personal information to miscellaneous emails, websites, or discussion forums. People can pretend to be anybody online, and you never know where your information may end up if you give it to unknown sources. You should absolutely never offer your credit card number, bank account information, or social security number to someone you don’t trust.
  • Don’t mix business information with your personal life. This means steering clear from linking your personal calendar to your business email account, or using a business phone for personal calls. Since your employer owns the technology you use, your personal information could easily become accessible for their viewing pleasure.
  • Be sure to enable all system updates. Safety sometimes requires for you to have the necessary tools available, rather than desperately trying to download an application from a sketchy website or through an unsafe internet source for that one-time project.
  • Double check your internet source. Are you wanting to go online with your electronic device, but don’t have a secured Wi-Fi connection? You may want to think twice about how much that open hotspot may be compromising your safety. Try using a VPN to establish better security for such unknown resources.
  • Make sure your online shopping includes a safe, encrypted internet page when requesting for your personal information and credit card number. You can easily identify the webpage’s level of security by looking for a lock symbol in the beginning of the IP address.
  • Don’t click on mysterious “winning” offers or too-good-to-be-true gimmicks online. Email scams hardly have to include poor spelling and grammar to seem suspicious. And these amazing propositions are often a front for people trying to get your personal information for hazardous reasons.
  • Stay away from downloading files from unknown sources. If you don’t trust the owner of the file, especially if the file’s source contains spelling errors, you should be wary of making it a part of your technology’s system. Sometimes even opening an attachment could install unwanted malware.
  • Verify your privacy settings with commonly used websites. It’s extremely important for you to do so with social media platforms that update automatically and unknowingly change user settings. You don’t want to over-share your information with the world if you don’t have to.