The internet is a great place to be, but it also carries its bad side.
You’ve probably heard of the many hacking expeditions in the recent past and while they are now gone, they won’t stop showing up in different forms in future.
With this article, the hope is to encourage internet users to take more responsibility when browsing the web, especially now that everyone has a smartphone that can access the internet. Given the huge chunks of personal information we have on the internet, it’s important that we do as much as we can to protect it from hackers and malicious attackers.
In today’s smartphone age, it has become a lot easier to fall victim to online hackers. As a result, it’s essential that every person takes great care to ensure that they are safe whenever they visit the web. Lucky enough, we have 5 easy tips that you can use to ensure that your online life remains as safe as possible. Keep reading.
This is easily one of the best ways to ensure your online safety, yet so many people ignore it with claims of it adding too much hassle to their online activities. With this feature, you need to provide a one-time code alongside your typical password when you log into any service. Usually, this code is sent your phone number via an SMS.
Once you enter your password, you have to follow it up with this code to confirm that it’s indeed you trying to log into your Twitter account, for instance. This is usually the case when logging into an account using a new device.
Keep your apps up to date
Another aspect of online security that is usually ignored by many users is keeping apps updated. Your web browser, for instance, usually receives new updates aimed at patching newly discovered security issues. When you don’t update, it means that you are using an application that has holes that can be exploited by hackers.
Researchers are always on the lookout for new security holes that hackers are likely to exploit. So, when you see a notification asking you to update your installed app, please do so.
Use strong passwords
Many internet users are not the best when it comes to making strong passwords. Avoid simple passwords such as your names or codes like 123456, for instance. Also, don’t include your birth year in passwords because hackers are aware of these things.
It’s important that you choose a different password for each website or application because relying on a single password makes the work of hackers even much easier. Once they get hold of one password, they will be able to access your entire online accounts.
One is already asking, how do I remember all of these unique passwords? Your answer is by using a password manager. Apps such as LastPass or 1Password can help you in this case. These apps simply generate and store passwords for you so that you don’t have to remember them yourself. Cool huh!
In case you didn’t know, HTTPS is the secure version of the standard HTTP. When in any website, you’ve probably seen the letters that come before the “www”. Usually, not all websites have an S after the HTTP, something that means they are less secure. This S can be the game changer because with HTPPS, the information you share with a website is encrypted, thus promising your online safety.
Always log out of websites and apps
Many apps and websites today provide users with the option to “Keep me logged in” or “Save password for this site”. If you see such an option, despite the fact that it might save you a few seconds of your time when you come visiting the site later on, do not check this option. You’d be better off keying in your website each and every time you log in to the app or website.