​Computer security tips to keep you safe online

Computer security tips to keep you safe online


As long as you’re online, you’re a target of cyber-attack. Most attacks are automated and hence have no personal scores to settle, only IT savvy individuals trying to make a living. Here are
tips to keep you safe online:

1. Use a trusted anti-virus software. An anti-virus software will help detect suspicious software and activity on your computer and browser. If the software has advanced internet security features, it will detect scam websites and even prevent you from visiting or making transactions there.

2. Manage your passwords well. Generate a strong password by combine special characters and symbols from your keyboard. You can use online password generators to help you come up with a secure password. Remember not to share your password and be careful when inputting it as it can be captured on CCTV or by bystanders.

3. Create data backup. Save a copy of your important data in a secure location for backup in case of attacks or file corruption. This will help you to destroy what is available in case your
computer or server is infected.

4. Stay safe on social networks. Connect with the people you know. Avoid connecting with people whose profiles are new or do not have any mutual friends.

5. Check email attachments before opening. Most email services have spam and virus detectors, so allow it to run a check before opening. Ensure the email address is genuine before hitting the reply button or opening any links and attachments.

6. Avoid public networks. It is tempting to use that free wi-fi at the food court or coffee shops, yet such unsecured networks can be very dangerous to your privacy. You could be giving away your mobile number, passwords, private messages, photos, mobile contacts and email addresses to strangers by just logging into a public wi-fi. If you visit a cyber café or use another person’s computer, ensure you logout completely. If you suspect a breach, change your password and log out of all other device once you get home.

7. Use wo-step verification. This will ensure that nobody can access your accounts without the SMS verification code.

8. Stay safe on online shopping sites. The world is going e-commerce and soon it will be hard to avoid shopping online. Shop from secure shops whose domain contain https://. If possible, have a card designated for online shopping and don’t share your card number with anyone.

9. Stay updated. Keep updating your website, email, device and software. Old versions of software can contain vulnerabilities that can give a leeway to hackers. Upgrade your computer and phone. Run regular updates on your apps and OS.

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