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  • Writer's pictureMatt Carter

Best practices for staying safe on the web

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Online Safety

The internet can be a dangerous place, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself while you're online. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind:

  1. Use strong and unique passwords: Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts and make sure your passwords are difficult to guess. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols to create a strong password.

  2. Keep your software and operating system up to date: Software updates often include important security patches that can protect you from vulnerabilities and threats.

  3. Be careful what you click on: Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments from unknown or untrusted sources. Malicious links and attachments can infect your computer with malware or steal your personal information.

  4. Use antivirus software: Installing and regularly updating antivirus software can help protect your computer from malware and other cyber threats.

  5. Be cautious on public Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi networks can be a breeding ground for hackers and cybercriminals. Avoid accessing sensitive information or making financial transactions while connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

  6. Use a VPN: A virtual private network (VPN) encrypts your internet connection and can help protect your personal information and browsing activity from being intercepted by cybercriminals.

  7. Be wary of phishing: Phishing scams are attempts to steal personal information by tricking you into providing it through fake emails or websites. Be suspicious of any unsolicited emails or messages, and never provide personal information unless you are certain of the identity of the person or organization requesting it.

  8. Be mindful of your social media presence: Be cautious about the information you share on social media and who you share it with. Consider adjusting your privacy settings and be mindful of what information you post.

  9. Keep your personal information private: Be careful about sharing personal information online, like your address or phone number. Give out only the information that is necessary and keep the rest private.

  10. Regularly monitor your accounts: Regularly checking your bank and credit card statements, as well as your credit reports, can help you spot any suspicious activity.

By following these best practices, you can take steps to protect yourself online and stay safe on the web.



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