Millions of passwords are being hacked every year. People are loosing money, jobs and even their carrier due to hackers on internet.Many people still don’t take online security seriously and get to now the consequences themselves. A recent study results state that people still use very easy, simple and weak passwords to protect their accounts. If you don’t want to be a victim of miscellaneous hackers attacks on internet please read the following tips suggested by Googleand mcafee for Safe internet browsing .
You have to make sure your passwords are good, hard-to-guess passwords. Google suggests that you use a mix of upper- and lowercase letters and numbers. He also says that you should change your most important passwords at least once every six months and suggests using password-manager software so you don’t have to memorize them all.
2) Use different passwords for different accounts.
Of course it’s hard just to remember many passwords, but when has taking the easy route ever gotten you anywhere? There are a lot of password breeches on internet, you can understand why having one password is the worst thing you can do. If the password and email address that you use for one account gets in the hands of the wrong person, they can start trying it on other sites and services. Make sure you use different passwords on different sites.
3) Be smart when using instant messaging (IM) programs
If you use an IM program to communicate with friends and family, be careful about sending any personal information through online communications. Protect yourself by using a nickname for your IM screen name, so your name isn’t identified through IM. Never accept strangers into your IM groups. Be smart about how you use IM at work because your employer has the right to monitor and view your messages.
4) Set up two-factor authentication.
Google’s says two-factor authentication or two-step verification is something everyone should set up on his or her Google account. Other services provide similar security safeguards. The service provides an extra layer of security. When you sign into your account it requires you to enter another code, which you can only get via text or a voice call. This way no one can get into your account unless they have that piece too. If you are using your mobile device, try to use fingerprint readers for a more secure way to login to your account.
5) Protect your computer and browser.
This one used to be the most obvious and probably still is. Make sure if you are using a Windows PC you are using an up-to-date anti-virus or spyware program. Whether you are a Mac or a PC user, make sure your operating system is up-to-date with the latest security patches. For mobile devices always try to update your browser for better safety.
6) Secure your wireless connection.
Just as important is protecting the way you get onto the Internet. Make sure you have protected your home wireless network with a password and you have changed the default SSID (your network’s name) — that means changing it from “Linksys” to something else. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks be safe about what information you are sending over it. We recommend using HotSpot Shield, a program that determines the safety of the network.
7) Shop only at safe sites.
We went over some shopping safety tips around the holiday season, but make sure the site has a little padlock icon next to the address and it has an HTTPS address before putting in your credit card number. Make sure to look at the site and make an educated decision about its legitimacy. Googling it also make sense to see if any others have had issues with it.
8) Think before clicking links.
Clicking links is the most common thing on the Internet. We should be careful before we click those lines of text which looks like it is an official website of a bank but it isn’t. Be vigilant about what links you click in an email, especially when they come from companies. Also, don’t click on odd direct messages or Facebook messages with links.
9) Protect your phone with a password.
Your phone is now a computer and can have as much or even more personal information than your laptop or desktop. Both experts firmly advised you password-protect smartphones. Google said that Android users should also consider security software or apps. McAfee provides an Antivirus and security app in Google’s Play store. Trying the new physical Authentication techniques like Fingerprint scanners, Retina scanners is one of the best ways to protect your device.
These are some of the tips for you to have a safe internet usage. If you think we missed something comment below.