Computers, digital marketing, e-commerce, governments of different countries, regulators and censors, various sites — all of them receive info about you on the Internet. They create databases for various purposes, using your information as they want. In most cases, this is done to increase the time you spend online by making you interested in advertising, content and other resources on a topic of interest. In the worst case, attackers can use this data to violate your personal boundaries. How to protect yourself from them?
Take Control of Your Surfing
The main mistake is made by those users who do not fully understand what is the Internet. This is not a machine, not a thing that can be seen or touched. This is a way to connect various networks.
Nowadays, almost everyone has at least one device with which he or she accesses the web to receive info, makes online purchases, uses social networks, etc. but not everyone recognizes that most sites collect these data about him and his area of interest.
Now you understand that the Internet has a huge minus — a potential security risk. The winner is the one who manages to take the surfing under his own control, restrict access to his private data, IP, and protects his connections with additional encryption from curiosity or control.
Useful Tips and Tricks for Using the Internet Safely
- Use / Update Anti-Malware programs;
- Use a firewall;
- Use your email wisely: switch on the two-factor authentication or use hardware tokens for Azure MFA;
- Take control of your passwords: regularly change them;
- Do not disclose your personal data;
- Use only secure websites;
- Use a VPN.
Any precautions will not help if you do not take your online security seriously. If you talk about your personal life on any of the social networks, then there is a chance that this info will become known to someone who intends to threaten you. Before disclosing your personal data, think:
- Who is asking for information?
- What is the purpose?
- What are they going to do with it?
- How can this affect your own safety?
If you do not know the answers to these questions, maybe you should not take the risk and use this site.
The Internet is a great thing. It unites the world in a way that was impossible to imagine just a few years ago. However, along with all the benefits come many risks. Users should be aware of these risks and know how to protect themselves from them so that web surfing will bring pleasure and benefit, rather than frustration and trouble.