The Internet is a little universe, and it depends on you how much useful will be your time spending online. Go explore something new and expand your horizons, enjoy good music and literature, study online and communicate with the interest people around the world – you can do all this beautiful things right now! So, the first advice I should give to you – do not waste your time! But, of course, this is not the rule. In fact, you can stay safe just staring at the computer screen, but it will not enrich your life and it’s just really sad. Now, let’s talk about your online safety! There is the list of the simple tips that will help you to stay safe while browsing the web – 13 secure browsing rules. Why 13? It’s my favorite number 🙂
1. Don’t ever click on ads, powered by some strange names
… such as Dig Deep, JoniCoupon, RandomDealApp, Gem Grab etc. These advertisements are brought to you by adware applications and it probably will redirect you o the malicious domains. In a case of thousands ads on your screen, scan your system ASAP.
2. Don’t download freeware from the unreliable resources.
The most popular way of distributing malware is a bundling malicious applications with some popular cost-free software. So, you’d better don’t install anything for free, or, if you addicted to this, download free programs only from the official, well-known websites.
3. Always choose the “Custom” installation mode and read EULAs from cover to cover.
Wondering why? See the second point. Well, I know that it is quite boring to read end-user agreement and nobody ever do this, but maybe if people start, developers will make EULAs funnier and all can enjoy reading? At the moment, this action is important for security reasons.
4. Don’t recognize your browser homepage? Don’t try to search with it!
5. Don’t open emails with the suspicious offers from strangers, and especially do not run its attachments.
A part of really dangerous malicious programs are spreading throughout the spam emails, so beware of such weird letters.
6. Beware of everything that shows up without your direct action to open it.
It could be a web page or advertisement banner, but if you don’t initiate it’s appearing you should firstly take it with a grain of salt.
7. Trust the alerts from reliable resources.
For example, if Google send you a message that someone enter into your account, it is probably the truth. There are a few serious software companies that know what to do 🙂
8. Check any unknown scanner results with at least one another antimalware scanner.
There are many fake AVs, or rogues, today that tells users about non-existing viruses with the aim to gain money from them using bullying. Scan your system with another antimalware tool to ensure that some threat is really present in your system.
9. Don’t trust alerts about need to update something at the first site.
Please, check who advise you to update program – it should be its direct developers. Many malicious applications use such alerts to gain money from you.
10. Don’t trust anything that try to scare you or offer unreal discounts.
Just because of the common sense which you, of course, have in excess.
11. Use really strong passwords.
I know that most of the users are accustomed ignoring the notes about weak passwords, but in some cases it can be really significant. Please, follow the tips and use a different symbols, low- and uppercase letters in your password. Not 123456 or qwerty, I beg!
12. Don’t give more information that is needed.
Fair companies don’t need your credit card password, so prick up the ears if someone requires it. You shouldn’t also provide anyone with your biography to subscribe to the newsletter – just assess the requirements adequately.
13. Don’t be paranoid 😉
I know it’s hard after all previous rules but you have to try!
Can’t wait for your comments and additions to my list! What self-defense techniques do you use while browsing? What interesting have you found on the Internet today? Please, share your experience with us!