Internet technology might be a blessing in a lot of different ways, but that doesn’t mean that it cannot be harmful to you or anyone using it. There are obviously various side-effects and harmful elements that reside within the online world and which can not only have a negative impact on your device through which you are accessing the online world, but also your confidential information and to some extent, your actual identity. For experienced users on the internet, who surf and use internet daily they are aware of all such hazards that can take place and they also know how to combat with each one of them.
However, for many, the internet can be a place where you become a victim of a high-grade fraud, someone could hack your computer or just put embarrassing photos of you online. So it is important to understand how can one use tactics and strategies to stay safe while interacting with the online world. Today’s guest post is going to talk about four tips to staying safe in the online world, without really doing a lot or being too paranoid about your safety.
Keep an eye on scams and learn how to identify one
You can keep yourselves posted on some of the latest scams and frauds that are going on around the internet world. By reading or subscribing through various technological blogs, you can have a fair bit of idea about it. You can also learn how to easily identify if something is fishy or suspicious. Advertisements like “You have won a lottery” or “Claim your prize” are usually some of the basic advertisements luring people to click on them so the hackers or viruses can be installed on the devices if those ads were accessed or clicked on to.
Unless there is a trusted platform like Jumia or Konga, never give out your bank information for shopping. This is one of the easiest ways to get your confidential card information and then exploit it in terms of fraud and other activities. Always shop from credible platforms and places where you know your shopping will not give you trouble in the future.
*Note: Before you pay with your card online, make sure the website has SSL certificate. You will know this if the sites url begins with “https://” or if there is a green lock before the url.
Think before you click
Similar to fraudulent advertisements, you may also sometimes get fraud emails or messages from people you do not know. They will lure you into interacting with them by talking about money or developing stories. It is always important to know and think before you click or respond to anyone’s message. Always ensure that you do not interact with strangers, even though it is just messaging or emails. Never let your profile of social media go public and restrict your connections with only the people you really know and are aware of.
Think before you post
Whenever you post your intimate images or share something, always understand that there can be consequences, online images can be very easily leaked and stolen as well as used for exploitation. Never share your pictures with people you do not have complete trust in.