Actions That Make You Defenseless Online
The Internet is the place we spend most of our time during the day. We surf it on all our devices, and can’t wait to check our chats, messengers, and social media while we are offline. The new generation was born without any idea of how the world looked like without the Internet. It contains everything we are looking for, from the latest news, books, videos, shops and seems the most reliable way to communicate with the outer world.
Yet, for all these years that the Internet exists, we’ve been facing numerous leaks, malware, scammers. There are various threats that exist on the Internet, hidden behind a cute avatar or an offer of big money from abroad. Some of the viruses can even go unnoticed, as well as some of the hackers who can use your personal information.
And this is why this article is exactly what you need. You can’t simply be too careful with everything you do on the Internet. But let’s check out which actions you definitely have to avoid.
Sharing Your Data Without Control
If you think that the main problem may occur only if you share something personal with your subscribers on Facebook or other social media, you are wrong. The breach in your digital defense may be unseen. It is hard to notice the small details you share while filling out subscription forms. However, isn’t it weird that such forms usually become the main target for many data stealers? It is not only about the subscription. Numerous websites and services gather your personal information to create your account. And we usually give this information willingly, suspecting nothing weird.
We suggest you spend some time on reading the third parties' agreements before you actually start filling out some form or subscribe to anything. The agreement may contain the paragraph about the use of your data for their own purposes. So you actually give permission to use it.
For now, you can check the information about you available in Yahoo, Bing or Google. Search the data about you. If you find something unpleasant, remove the information or the account. Use the BeenVerified, Nuwber, Thruthfinder or Onerep to delete all your personal data from the Internet. Try to leave no phone number, credit card, address available.
Keeping Easy To Reach Passwords
This is one huge mistake to make. It is obvious that we all have not one account but hundreds of them on various websites. On average, we create dozens of accounts a year, depending on our age, status, and goals. And usually, we don’t even count them. The need to create accounts is as old as the Internet itself. And almost one-third of respondents who were asked about the number of accounts they had, simply had no idea.
But even those users who can at least provide some numbers, save their passwords in the browser. Google Chrome and other popular browsers even offer their users to save the passwords inside the system. This is a great option when it comes to fill out password forms automatically. However, it may be a breach in your security, whenever criminals get access to your Google Chrome account. They don’t even need all your accounts, just one that contains all the passwords.
How to avoid this problem? You can easily secure yourself with Keychain or Dashlane apps that will store your passwords for you. They will save your passwords from being seen by anyone who got into your browser settings.
Free Downloading Options
Mobile apps are getting more popular with each new day. We use them whenever it is possible. They supply us with maps, recipes, tips on healthy lifestyles, news, entertainment, and so on. Some of them are free of charge and available on official app stores. Others have a subscription fee, which many users prefer to avoid by getting a pirate copy from unsecured sources.
The most trusted stores for mobile apps are Google Play store for Android and App Store for iOS. Even downloading from these stores, you have to check what exactly the app asks from you. Pay attention to the permissions you give and the information you provide. For example, an app with recipes does not actually need your camera or GPS coordinates.
Making Purchases In Unknown Stores
Millions of people prefer online shopping due to the enormous opportunities it offers. Amazon and eBay are no longer the only gigantic online stores with clients across the world. Despite the variety of products and differences in multiple countries and the quality of services these stores offer, they all have one thing in common. They all work with digital payment systems.
You pay online, entering the number of your card, sometimes your password, and other vital information. Cybercriminals may steal your identity information and unlock it. If you want to protect your money and your data from frauds, make purchases in reliable stores with a solid reputation. Go for HTTPS websites or search for stores that offer to pay after the product is delivered to you.
Public WiFi Usage
Public WiFi may be an unavoidable way to communicate with your friends and relatives while you are traveling abroad. However, it is also the most dangerous type of connection. The places you have to avoid are public train stations, international airports, bus stations, tourist attractions. Criminals know that these places are your number one locations if you want to speak to your family. These networks are poorly protected and probably have been hacked an enormous number of times.
If you can use other WiFi networks, do that. Check your VPN connection, for example. Try not to go online as long as you can. Don’t give your email address or phone number if the WiFi spot requests it.
Which Tip Works Best?
All the tips we’ve mentioned here do not give you 100 percent security. Nobody can give you such a guarantee. However, they all may improve your security by covering some breaches. We recommend trying all of them at once. Moreover, you may secure yourself with extra measures. If you have other tips on how to protect your security on the Internet, please share them with us in the comments below. We also want to know your opinion about the methods we use.