Surf The Net Safely: Tips
August 12, 2014
It has been 11 years since the launch of the Safer Internet Day and this call for a stronger campaign against cybercrimes and cyberbullying. Many people across the globe have become victims of these crimes, from getting ripped of money in their personal accounts to having their identities stolen. For sure, you do not want any of that to happen to you, right? However, you cannot also keep yourself from using the internet because of the convenience it brings to you.
So protect yourself against the dangers of using the internet by taking note of these surfing tips.
- Keep your personal information confidential. Do not just give out your name, address, phone number, passport number, or other information as this can be used by cybercriminals to steal your identity or fake your profile.
- Keep your profile private. Or should I say, keep yourself private. Indeed, it is nice to share with the world through social networks what you are up to. But remember that if you make it too public, everyone including criminals will have access to it and you are bringing yourself closer to their reach.
- Use a strong password. There are many ways to skin a cat. In short, cybercriminals have their techniques to crack your password and overtake your account. Do not allow them to do this so use a strong password that is not easy to discover. Stay away from always using your birthday, address or anything that can easily be related to you. Think of something that is unusual and far off. Also, use different alphanumeric codes with every account you have.
- Keep your mobile phone and devices safe. Make sure you have installed a password so that nobody can just open and have access to your information. It is also much better if you download an app that allows you to remotely wipe off information or data on your phone in case it is stolen.
- Shop online securely. Online shopping is easy and convenient. But is also like that for online theft. If you are not careful about the website you are using to shop, then you are at high risk for online theft and scams. Make sure you are only using a legitimate online merchant. How? Research and read reviews on search engines.
You should never take chances when using the internet. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Remember that the internet is not regulated, so you need to protect yourself.
If you are interested in joining our anti-cyber-bullying awareness and prevention conference for 2015, seats are still open. We are going to be hosting it at the community center of Delasol in Naples, Florida. We recommend you secure your seat soon as well as airfare. Flights can get expensive the closer to winter season we get. We look forward to seeing you!