Online security is something that’s always on everyone’s minds. You want to know what to avoid so you won’t become another scam victim. For example, you might get an email that appears to be from a big company. Still, if you look closely at the sender’s information, you see that the email looks suspicious.
But, there’s no need to be scared. There are different tips you can get into the habit of using to stay safe online. Some of the tips you may already be using. But may have forgotten some of the others mentioned on the list. Here are the eight worst habits a tech user could have.
How to Stay Safe Online
1. Stop Using Using Obsolete Software
You use software that stopped receiving updates, but you like it so much that you’re willing to use it anyway. But is that software worth you being vulnerable to an attack? In 2020, there were more than 18,100 security breaches. That’s why it’s recommended that you always have your antivirus up to date. That includes all software you have on your computer.
2. Stop Connecting to Public WiFi
The most significant security risk you can expose yourself to is being on the same network as the hacker, such as a public WiFi network. That’s why it’s best that you avoid these types of connections altogether, much less use an important account while connected. If you do, the hacker will have easy access to important financial information, among others. It’s best to use a little more mobile data than connect to one of these.
3. Improve Your Password Strength
When you use the same password for various or all your accounts, you’re exposing yourself to trouble. It’s impossible to create a strong password and remember them all. But that’s where password managers come in. Big names such as LastPass and other brands can help you create a strong password for all your accounts and save them for you.
4. Don’t Leave Your Tablets and Other Devices with No Security
Most people concentrate on making sure their computers have the best security software they can get. But, may forget to add the same level of security to other devices such as their tablets or smartphones. Since you may spend most of your time on these devices, it’s best that they, too, have the same level of security as your computer.
5. Think Twice Before Clicking on that Link
It’s not uncommon to get emails that appear to be from a well-known company. It says that your account has been compromised and that you need to confirm your information by clicking on the following link. Stop! Don’t click on it.
Check the email address that will be in the sender’s part of the email. Is it really from PayPal or another known company, or do you see a weird-looking email address? If it says you need to look into a problem, don’t do it by clicking on the link. Contact the company directly by going to their official site using your preferred browser and not through their provided link.
6. Make Sure to Secure Your IoT Devices
IoT devices make your daily life a lot easier. But sometimes, you may get caught up in the convenience and forget about the security. To stay safe, make sure you do things such as secure your WiFi, make sure all accounts have strong and unique passwords, use two-factor authentication, regularly update your device, and install security software.
7. Create a Backup of All Your Important Information
You never know when you can be the victim of ransomware. If it ever happens, you won’t see yourself with a panic attack at the thought of losing all your important information because you created a backup of all your data.
8. Don’t Use Unsafe Sites
Always make sure that the site you visit is safe. You can do this by making sure that the site uses HTTPS. That’ll indicate that the site is secure and encrypts the necessary data to keep you safe. But, if you’re using a good antivirus, you’ll be safe since it will warn you when you access an unsafe site.
Some of the security tips mentioned may not be new, but many might not be applying them. Anyone can be a victim of a scam. Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it will not occur soon. Did I miss a tip you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.