When you leave your home, you are sure to take care that it is not invaded or stolen. Knowing the real dangers of the internet, it is also necessary to take some care. So that you do not fall into any fraud, espionage or password theft (which are just a few examples), it is of the utmost importance to take some precautions when browsing websites that are not known.
And it is to help you prevent these problems that the Net Workshop has prepared 5 tips that are essential for you to maintain your security on the web.
1 – Use complex passwords
When it comes to passwords, most of the time we make two mistakes. The first is to use passwords that are easy to discover, these are called “weak passwords”. Some examples of weak passwords are birthday day, phone number, child or dog name, or even ” 123456 “. The second mistake is to keep the same password for a long time, some people do not even change passwords, register on some website and that’s it.
Do not share your password with anyone. If you need to share your password with someone, change it as soon as the other person leaves your account. Remember, the more people know your password, the less secure it becomes.
2 – Keep your antivirus updated
Threats are everywhere on the internet, there’s no denying it. However, having a good antivirus can protect you a lot, it is also essential that it is up to date to protect you from new malicious files that are released every day on the big network. These viruses, at best, are bothering your computer. Others, once, can steal data, access sensitive content, and more.
If your computer is infected by some virus, you may lose files and have to perhaps format your computer. The ideal thing is to keep the antivirus enabled so that the execution of malicious programs is blocked. A large number of viruses are obtained through the internet, so it is important that they are up to date.
3 – Beware of e-commerce and internet banking
Shopping on the internet is very good, is not it? However it is necessary to take some care with the store where the purchase is going to take place, it is very important to shop only in stores with a good reputation. If you are interested in some product from an unknown store, do a good search on the site. Search and see if there are any claims against the company on the internet.
When accessing your bank account online (also known as Internet Banking ), be very careful. Avoid as much as possible to access your account through a public computer, always make sure that the URL (website address) actually belongs to the bank’s website and last, but not least, follow all the security standards recommended by the bank.
4 – Always use the “exit” or “logoff”
Whenever you access your account on any site, either in the e-mail, Facebook or here at Oficina do Net, click the button or link named Logout, Logoff, Exit or Disconnect (or any other button/link that exits your account). A lot of people do this by simply closing the browser window or even accessing another site. It’s not recommended at all. The site you accessed your account has not received any information you need to close your account. Be careful with this, because when you re-access the site, you will be logged in.
This tip is very important for those who use public computers (the college computer or a LAN house, for example).
5 – Beware of Fake Emails
If you often receive emails saying that you have won some award, or that your documents are in an irregular situation in the telephone company, please be aware that you may be receiving emails for the purpose of a coup. It is very likely that these emails are a scam, that is, a false e-mail for the purpose of ” scanning “, stealing, your personal data. If the message has Portuguese errors, tempting offers or strange links (hover over the link to see the address, but be careful, do not click on it) be suspicious immediately. If in doubt, contact the company, person or entity that is in the email.
If you protect yourself on the internet, it may even be laborious, but this extra care is important to avoid or minimize the disorders. Most scams applied on the internet can be avoided if you are aware and apply the 5 tips mentioned above in your day to day life. You may have heard something similar that happened to an acquaintance or on television, so be smart.
Disclose these tips to your friends, you may be the “culprit” for protecting them from various pests available on the internet.