Internet surfing has become a vital part of our daily lives. Through the virtual world, we are allowed to communicate with our loved ones no matter the space between us. Many of us also use the power of the Internet to educate ourselves through distance learning. Doing business has been a lot easier, too, with the world at our fingertips.

Still, these privileges come with different consequences. When something is mishandled, a thing or two will always go out of hand. The world of Internet blessed humanity with beautiful things, but it surely came with a hefty price. Cases of hacking, identity theft, fraudulent activities, and vicious attacks from viruses are only few of the many regrettable things that online surfing has brought us. Here are some tips we can live by to prevent ourselves from encountering such.

1. Create an Invincible Shield

The most common mistake we all commit when surfing the Internet is we grow complacent with it not considering the fact that our connection can be easily breached if left unsecured. It is wise to build an invincible shield for our devices so that lurking viruses, malware, or any phishing attempts from hackers can be prevented from infiltrating our systems.

How do you do this? The easiest step is to create a password for all of your devices—computers, cellular phones, and tablets. Never leave any of these vulnerable to attacks. Many mobile phones and laptops are now equipped with “biometrics” feature that allows permission only to the registered owners to have a full access to them. In effect, they can log in using the Face Recognition aspect or just by having their fingerprints scanned.

Creating a shield is not only limited to having passwords around, but it also means putting up a firewall. Once your computer has data for Internet surfing, it is already exposed to a variety of malicious software or can be a host to potential data siphoning. Cyber criminals are very clever because they know exactly how to breach any of your data— from your purchasing patterns with your favorite online shops to your search histories.

Without a strong firewall, everything that is going on in your computer goes unfiltered. A decent type of software and hardware firewall is an investment. When your devices are poorly gated, your security is also taken for granted and it can also slow down your sense of productivity.

2. Be Wary of Suspicious Websites

If it looks too good to be true, then probably it is. Thousands of phishing websites have malicious contents. They deceive you into clicking links which might lead you to disclosing personal information. These websites are also wired in such a way that when you go pay them a visit, you will be faced with a myriad of security issues. How do you spot such websites anyway?

One famous sign of a site being malicious is when it pretends to be a banking site. Cyber intruders are very clever that they know exactly how to imitate an original banking site’s look. They will send an email to you informing that you need to update your login details. Once you have given away your full banking information, you can say goodbye to your hard-earned money.

The chance of chasing these cyber criminals is minimal, but you can do so much to prevent yourself from falling into a cybercrime prey. If you happen to receive such emails, the best thing for you to do is to call your bank immediately and report to them what happened. Banking websites are encrypted for security purposes. If the website you are suspecting on does not come with encryption, then it is definitely a fraud.

Another sign of a deceitful website is when it is a sloppy-looking one. Most hackers do not pay attention to putting up a professional-looking website. They just design whatever is available according to their limited resources. Their ultimate goal is to deceive and not impress people anyway. If you spot wrong grammar and misspelled words in the site’s content, you are definitely in grave virtual danger.

Lastly, any website that holds promises for huge prizes you can claim just because you are their 10, 000th guest is absolutely a rotten virus wrapped in flashy pop-ads waiting to attack you.

3. Know Which Virus Causes What

Once your computer is infected with a virus, it is easy to notice the symptoms. There is a considerable amount of slowing down in your system, and the famous blue screen of death occurs more frequently. Once there is a severe interruption of computer operations, it is a smart move to ask the help of experts so a diagnosis can be done as soon as possible.

Knowing the type of virus that infected your operating system will help so much in its detection and removal. Below are some of the most common viruses and the prognosis that they come up with:

 Trojan horse

The malicious software Trojan horse conceals itself using other programs as its hosts. It pretends to be a legitimate software while infiltrating an operating system. This eventually results in giving a hacker the access to a computer and infecting all of its other programs.

The worm

The worm is a sneakier virus because it can spread itself across your operating system without the need for direct user interaction. Most of these worms sneak themselves in as innocent email attachments. Once you open these attachments, the worms utilize the addresses in your email contacts to send a deceptive email. Although they are not too risky like the Trojan horse, they can potentially slow down operations and corrupt files in your device.

 Spyware

The spyware can enter your computer even without your permission and knowledge. They can easily trace back your search histories in Google and other websites plus they collect personal data using your computer’s settings and configuration.

It is easy to take your Internet security for granted, but once you are faced with identity theft, harassment from hackers, and other privacy concerns, it is hard to reverse the damages. As early as possible, it is wise to face the truth that such threats are present everywhere. The tips mentioned above are not too difficult to follow. These will save you from the possible hassles you will be encountering in the near future.

 

References:

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/importance-firewall-62499.html

http://www.montana.edu/uit/ncsam/safe-browsing.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/61758/11-smart-ways-make-your-data-more-secure