This tutorial will guide you through on How To Stay Safe On The Internet.
Security is really important especially when you’re browsing the Web. There are lots of contents on the Web that is not safe. Some may appear safe but they are actually malicious and can affect your online experience as well as the device you’re using to access the Web.
There are a couple of ways to stay safe online especially if you are a hard core internet user that loves to browse, search and download contents online. In this short article, I will give out some guides on how to browse safely on the Internet.
HOW TO BROWSE THE INTERNET SAFELY
You can browse the Internet safely by following the procedures below:
Install Anti-Virus or Internet Security Software On Your Computer
Yes. This is the first thing to do to remain safe online. You will need to install an antivirus software on your computer. This software will detect unsafe websites and will notify you that the site is unsafe if you try accessing it with your computer. The Internet security software may also automatically block your access to some of the malicious websites depending on the default settings you may be using at that point in time. The antivirus can as well detect infected files that you may have downloaded into your computer. It may delete or quarantine them depending on the default security available in the antivirus. This method works well all the time and will make you stay safe online.
Here are some antivirus/internet Security Softwares you may choose from:
- Avast Anti-Virus Ultimate
- Kaspersky Total Security
- ESET Smart Security Premium
- Bitdefender Total Security
- Norton 360 Deluxe
Look Out For Website Without SSL
The internet is evolving as well as technology. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is used to provide security to a website. According to ssl.com, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and its successor, TLS (Transport Layer Security), are protocols for establishing authenticated and encrypted links between networked computers. This means that any site has ssl installed is safe. The site will be available to visitors in https and browsers will show a black or green lock 🔒 icon near the url of the website you’re visiting.
This implies that the website is safe for interaction. Let’s say if the website you’re visiting is a shop/ecommerce website, inputting your credit card/debit card details on the payment page is safe because no one will be able to steal your data. The entire session you spend on the site is safe.
Beware of Phishing Websites
Another thing internet users should be aware of is phishing websites. These are websites that mimick other websites in other to collect personal information from you. The most common type found is Facebook login phishing sites. The owner of the site designs a website that looks just like Facebook login page and you will be asked to login with your Facebook username/phone number/email address and password. Immediately you input your Facebook login details and click login. The perpetrator will receive your Facebook login details and will hack your account. This is why it’s advisable to activate Facebook 2 step verification for your account security. Funnily, the phishing website will not have the url of Facebook but the Internet user may not see this coming. Please always look at the url bar to confirm the true url of the site. To activate this 2 step verification on Facebook, kindly visit www.facebook.com/id and select the method you want to use for the 2 step verification. You will see phone number or email method. Select your preferred choice and save. This will enable you get a confirmation text or email with a code when your Facebook account is logged in from an unrecognised device.
Avoid Sites With Pop-Under Ads
This is another thing you should look out for. Pop-under are ads used by a website to monetize its contents. Not all Pop-under ads are malicious but some of them do take visitors to all these explicit websites, hookups and the likes of it. We know that site owners are using this ads to gain some revenues and at the same time, you are trying to stay safe. If you find any annoying or sensitive Pop-under redirection ads while visiting a particular website, I would recommend that you turn one of ads blocker. This will block all those annoying ads and you won’t be redirected.
Check For Sites Reviews Online
For some popular websites offering some popular services online, you can check the reviews written about their services online. You can check the reviews their customers or those that has used or purchased their services before have written about them. This will help you figure out is the services offered by the website is safe for purchase or use. This is of utmost importance. Don’t buy services/products blindly on the Internet. There are lots of fakes available on the Internet.
Avoid Hacked Websites
Yeah, the question now is how can I know if a website is hacked. There’s a rare malware that do affect websites and is called redirection virus. It redirects you to another website when you’re clicking on the site link. Let’s say you clicking on www.techy9ja.com.ng and then you’re redirected to a site that sites your congratulations, you have won an iPhone or some other promotion like spinning the wheel 🎡 to win prices. At this point, this shows that the webpage is hacked. You can also experience this if you’re clicking the site link via Google Search Results. The site will be redirected to another url without even opening the main site link. If you come across any site like this, simply abort the mission to stay safe.
Finally, you shouldn’t visit any webpage at all if you don’t trust it. This will help you stay out of trouble online and only browse sites that are safe. Thanks for taking your time to read through this article and I hope you stay safe online. If you have any question, kindly use the comment box.