Safe Browsing Tips To Keep You Safe
The internet is just a tool to help you get information, stay connected or relieve stress. Most people don’t realize that the Internet can also be home to hidden dangers that can hurt your computer and you. You risk exposing sensitive information, damaging the hard drive, or having files/programs deleted that you may need. Malware and viruses can sneak onto the computer or device without your knowledge and can wreak havoc, which is why it’s important to learn a few safety tips for safer browsing techniques.
One of the best things you can do for your safety is to update your browsers, drivers, and software whenever it reminds you. Most people choose to use automatic updates because they don’t have to remember to do it. Whichever you choose, we can help you set it up and update everything so that security problems are patched or fixed.
Some browsers, like Google Chrome, update themselves automatically and don’t require you to do anything. Others will ask you if you want to update and you should always say yes.
Other ways to protect yourself include:
- Don’t download anything you’re not familiar with
- Don’t open attachments or links from unknown people
- Pay attention to the website you visit (misspellings and security problems can be a sign of phishing)
- Being mindful when downloading anything (many programs contain extras that are nothing more than malware)
We provide a balance between doing it yourself and getting help. We understand that you want to feel self-sufficient. We teach you various tips and tricks and can remind you when it’s time to do maintenance on the computer. However, we also know that when a problem arises, you want help immediately and strive to provide it.
These tips can help you with safe browsing techniques, but feel free to contact us for more information.
Install/Use Antivirus and Antimalware
Antivirus and antimalware software are essential to keep hackers at bay. We’ve got a variety of options available, and you can find many options online, as well. Ask us for advice on which programs to use, or let us help you install and run them.