As more and more users access the Internet through mobile devices, these risks change and increase rapidly.While apps play a bigger role in most daily online interactions than traditional websites, this does not mean that the basic security rules for the Internet have changed.Hackers are still looking for personal information that will allow them to access your credit card and bank details.
Insecure surfing can also lead to other threats – from embarrassing personal comments or images that are hard to erase online, to confusion with people you’d rather have nothing to do with.Here are the four most important security rules for the Internet to avoid problems online (and offline).
1. Keep Personal Information Professional and Limited
Potential employers or clients do not need to know your personal relationship status or private address. You need to know your expertise and background and know-how to contact you. They would not pass on any personal information to strangers – do not share it with millions of people online.
2. Keep Your Privacy Settings On
Marketers love to know everything about you, as do hackers. Both can learn a lot from surfing and using social media. However, you can take control of your data. As noted by Lifehacker, settings for protecting your privacy are available online for both web browsers and mobile operating systems. Data protection enhancing settings are also available on important websites such as Facebook. These settings are sometimes (deliberately) hard to find because companies need your personal information for their marketing value. Make sure you’ve enabled these privacy controls and keep them enabled.
3. Practice Safe Browsing
You would not choose to go through a dangerous neighborhood – do not visit dangerous neighborhoods online. Cybercriminals use flash content as bait. They know that people are sometimes tempted by dubious content and may lose their vigilance when searching for that content. The Demimonde of the Internet is full of incalculable pitfalls, where a careless click can reveal personal information or infect your device with malware. By resisting the urge, do not even give the hackers a chance.
4. Make Sure Your Internet Connection is Secure. Use a Secure VPN Connection
If you go online in a public place, eg. Via a public Wi-Fi connection, there’s no direct control over security. Business cybersecurity professionals worry about “endpoints” – the places where a private network connects with the outside world. Your vulnerable endpoint is your local Internet connection. Make sure your device is secure and if in doubt, wait a long time (that is until you can connect to a secure Wi-Fi network) before providing information such as your bank account number. Use a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to further enhance the security of surfing the Internet. With VPN, you can establish a secure connection between your device and an Internet server that nobody can monitor or access the data that you exchange.