Staying safe online is the talk of the age. Every now and then, we come across several blogs and articles providing notes on staying safe and avoiding cyber crime or theft. But these common-sense security tips include some of those measures which we don’t even bother usually. Like turning off our devices when not in use, setting up complicated passwords or changing them often. Though some people adopt such measures still they don’t ensure that much security. So, instead of getting bothered off and on, much better steps can be taken to avoid online theft and scam.
8 Common-Sense Security Tips for Everyone
1. Use Private or Incognito mode in browsers
In this digital age, the word ‘search’ is getting replaced by ‘Google’ as it is the most used and reliable source of information. As Google search engine displays top results from previous searches, so it’s clear that even if you remove search history, the cookies can trail back to the search history. To avoid this, it is recommended to use search engines which don’t stay in the thread with cookies. There are several search engines like Ixquick which do not record user’s IP address. So, by using such search engines, browsing can be done without leaving tracks.
2. Strong passwords
Now to talk about passwords. Here’s a trick. Instead of using common names or sentences, use lyrics of your favorite song but in reverse i.e., but you reverse the letters and add some digits with them at random. Such a password is hard to crack. Or you can use a word from its third letter and join it with the second letter of some other word making it hard to decipher. Don’t repeat letters and keep them non-sequential. A machine cannot decode such a password even in years.
3. Next, use a free VPN
According to companies, free VPNs cannot be sneaked in. Although they slow down your internet connection and downloading they do ensure that your browsing is being kept in private.
4. Keep backup of your private date
Since it’s the age of smart phones and iPhones, their security is as necessary as your own safety because they’re the easiest source of cyber crime and hacking. Locking your phone is the first step to ensure your privacy when it comes to your cell phone. Moreover, don’t keep your private data in stored in your cell phone. Keep on transferring it to a hard drive or computer to keep it safe.
5. Store data on cloud
Next, don’t keep your call log, text messages and other private app icons over your lock screen because once unlocked, your secrets can be revealed to any person who gets hands-on your phone. Switch on your phone finder option so if it gets stolen, it can be tracked. Use cloud storage to keep back up of your data.
6. Keep personal as well as financial information secret
Avoid sharing your bank account, credit or debit card details over your phone. Avoid accessing your bank account through your smart phone because it requires entering your pin which anyone can hack.
7. Automatic system updates
Instead of updating your software manually, switch on the automatic update option. This helps you in updating the right version recommended by the software’s manufacturers. If you try updating yourself, there’s a chance that you get hold of wrong features that might be a virus. If you’ve Windows, you can simply do this by going in o settings and choosing the automatic update option. Mostly manufacturers update their programs late at night like 2-3am. Therefore, you need to keep the system running which might cause the system to sleep or hibernate. This even consumes energy and can cause your system to slow down eventually. So, instead of updating every night, update your system once in a week.
8. Disposable email address
Sometimes visiting a website requires an email address for registering you. So keep a disposable email address which you don’t use for your regular and important data sharing and alerts. In this way, your inbox can stay free of scam, spam, and junk emails.
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