By Dan Munson

In the world today everyone uses the internet. It is important to keep social media accounts safe, payment accounts safe and also the devices in your home that are connected to the internet. You have shared so many personal information on your social media that it is very important to keep them secure. A hacker can use these personal pieces of information or private messages to blackmail you. If a hacker can get access to your payment accounts he can steal all your hard-earned money in seconds. Moreover, he can make illegal purchases on the internet using your name which will cause more troubles for you. A hacker can hack into your home network and get access to your devices that are connected to the internet. If he gets access to those devices like your webcam, smart speakers, computer, smartphone then he can access your personal files that can get you compromised. It is very important to know how to keep yourself protected while using the internet. In this article, we will discuss some of the ways that can make you safe and secure while you browse the internet.

Give a strong password and keep changing it

It is very important to use a strong password to keep your account safe from the attacks of the hackers. There are many techniques they can use to hack your password and if you don’t use a strong password you will be making things very easy for them. There are some characteristics of a strong password that you must follow like using a combination of capital letters, small letters, numbers, and special characters. Make sure that there are at least eight characters in the password making it harder to be hacked. You can change the password monthly so it is more secure from attacks.

Avoid unknown emails and unknown friend requests

One of the ways a hacker uses to hack your network or your profile is by sending you a malicious file that contains a virus and as soon as you click on the attachments you would be activating the virus and he would get access in your system. To prevent this, what you can do is avoid spam messages and immediately delete them. Also, it is best to not add unknown people to your social media as they can be hackers who can see your personal information and use them to hack your accounts.

Boosting your security

To be secure you can start using anti-virus and cybersecurity software. If you are thinking that what is cybersecurity, it is the branch that deals with securing your network on the internet from hackers. The software can protect your network from any kind of hacking. You can also add a firewall to your network to provide more security to your network. These technologies make it harder for a hacker to get into your system. It is important to regularly update them so they can give the best performance to defend your network.

Browse safely and do not browse unknown websites

Many websites on the internet are scam and fraud. make sure that you do not browse any website that is not secured. There is a padlock sign on the left of the place where there is the URL of the website. That sign indicates that the website is secure and you can browse safely on those sites.

Share selectively on your social media

it is important that you select wisely on your social media so the hacker can’t get many clues. A hacker would be keeping an eye on social media profile of yours to collect information so he can hack into your account. This technique is called social engineering where the attacker uses what he knows about you and how your mind works to hack the system. Being a smart user can keep you safe from getting hacked.           

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