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How to be safe online

To those that have being victims of hack and online fraudsters, this post is here to walk you through how to be safe online, from this moment. 

How To Be Safe Online

 

We’re all connected to the Internet now, whether through smartphones, computers, or other devices, and with that comes an increased risk of online predators and hackers trying to take advantage of us. 

 

How to be safe online
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The best way to protect yourself online is to know as much as you can about the dangers lurking around in cyberspace and what you can do to protect yourself from them. Here are some tips on how to be safe online that everyone should keep in mind.

Don’t share your personal information

The Internet is a powerful tool that can be used to educate and connect with the world. However, you should still exercise caution when sharing information on the web. Sharing too much information can have negative effects like identity theft and personal embarrassment if someone decides to share it with others. 

 

Avoid using your name, email address, phone number or home address in posts or comments online. You should also think twice before giving out any other identifying information such as date of birth, height, weight or place of residence. If you need to enter sensitive data into an online form, try typing nonsense text instead of actual numbers and letters until after the input box turns blank again.

Only log in to trusted sites

Be sure to read the Terms of Service (TOS) before you log in. Even if the site looks reputable, a TOS might say it can sell your information or share it with other companies. If you are unsure about anything or want to be 100% certain that your information is not being shared, call them and find out what they will do with it. 

 

Never provide any personal information on an unknown site. Keep your passwords safe by using different passwords for every site. Make sure your computer has a firewall enabled, and keep up-to-date antivirus software installed. Don’t click on links from people you don’t know.

 

Activate two factor authentication 

One of the most assured ways of getting safety for your personal information or account is activating a two factor authentication (2FA) on all sites you visit. 

This gives you notification of every log in attempt being made by you, and every other unauthorized users into your sites, apps, social media handles, etc. 

Logout from all existing devices 

This is another measure that works fine when you realize an unauthorized access has been made into your account. 

When you notice this, log out from every other devices attached to your account, and log in fresh from only authorized devices. 

By so doing, every access gotten from unauthorized users will be logeed out immediately across all devices, and this keeps you safe to add other safety measures you’ve already applied. 

Conclusion

You can never be free from internet fraudsters and hackers, unless due safety protocols are observed and duly met. If you notice any fraudulent activities on any of your accounts, the above measures are there to protect you and keep you safe  from all sorts of impending dangers. 

 

Pamilerin Ajala

Pamilerin Adetunji Ajala is a competent content writer with vast knowledge in content management, web development and graphics design. He studied Computer Engineering at Federal Polytechnic, Ede.

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