Whether you enjoy website hopping, shopping, banking or something else, you must remain safe at all times. You probably don’t realize it, but your computer can warn you of potential problems if you can notice the signs. However, there are many things you can do or stop doing to ensure that you’re safe.
Antivirus software is a necessity, whether you use the computer for emails or online banking. This software is designed to scan your computer and find any anomalies. It will tell you what is wrong and request that you fix it. In most cases, it can remove the virus or the affected program automatically, which makes it easier for you. However, downloading, installing and setting it up correctly is essential.
Not everyone online is your friend. If someone you don’t know is requesting personal information, such as account information, banking information, social security numbers or passwords, do not provide it. While it is necessary to put your social security number on your job application or for legitimate reasons online, don’t give it to someone you don’t know.
Also, when putting your sensitive information out there, make sure the website shows “https” in the address bar at the top of the browser. This means it is a secure site and uses encryption to keep your information safe.
Most viruses come from attachments that you’re sent. You get an email with a link and click it to see what it’s all about. Being curious is okay to some extent, but you shouldn’t open links or attachments from people you don’t know. You can always type the address in yourself and hit enter or delete the email without checking it out at all.
Phishing is where a fake website looks just like the real deal. You think you’re visiting your banking site, but you’re not. Instead, hackers have found a way to recreate the site and will steal your personal information. Do not click on websites from your emails, even from trusted sources. Instead, type the address in yourself or contact the company to ensure they sent you something.
Make sure there are no misspellings (such as faceboook.com instead of facebook.com) and if you feel uncomfortable close the tab or browser.