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Our life is integrated with cyberspace. Cyberspace use becoming as normal as breathing air. But there is a BIG difference between the air we breathe and cyberspace we use. When we breathe foul air, we know from its smell that something is not right. Unfortunately, danger signs in the cyberspace are not as obvious to us as the foul smell of air. Hence, we need to stay alert to avoid safety hazards larking in the cyberspace. Cybersafety rules must be observed to stay safe in the cyberspace, because predators are relentlessly trying to find ways to steal our money and our personally sensitive information. Below are 11 top tips for online safety.
What is Cybersafety?
Cybersafety means being protected from harm while in the cyberspace. Also, known as Internet safety or online safety. Sources of harm in the cyberspace are many and new ones are discovered continuously. Some harms are common to all age-groups and other are age-group (children, youths, adults, and senior citizens) specific.
Cybersafety rule #1: Keep Your Devices Physically Safe
We keep our house or car unlocked to avoid intrusion into our personal possessions. We must treat our smart pones, laptops, tables, and other digital devices same way. They must be kept to a safer place for preventing physical access by others. Why? Because physical access make it easier to find your passwords and personal information. Remember WiFi router is a very important digital devices and it must be kelp physically safe.
Cybersafety rule #2: Keep Your Anti-Malware Up To Date
Anti-malware is more than a security guard for your device. It scans your data and programs to check presence of malware, if found it removes and/or quarantine them. Moreover, it scans all downloads and email attachments. Furthermore, it watches incoming from the Internet and outgoing traffic to the Internet. All this security measure requires most up to date information of malwares and their signatures — characteristic codes. Unless, anti-malware is not up to date, malwares may enter your device and your online safety my be at jeopardy. You want to learn more about malware, read our post on malware types. You can also take a quiz to test your knowledge about malware types from our collection of quizzes.
Cybersafety rule #3: Keep Your Browser Up To Date
You might have noticed browser updates has become a regular event. And most of these updates are patches for fixing recently found security holes. If you don’t update, the security hole will be exploited by hackers and/or malwares to get to your smart pone or computer. A security hole is like hole in the wall that can bring unwanted intruders inside your house. A hole in a house can only affect only one house, but a security hole in a browser weakens online safety of millions of users. So as soon as an update is available, the malicious actors knows opportunities are abound, and they act swiftly. Therefor, you have to be faster than them. Update your browser ASAP.
Cybersafety rule #4: Keep Your Apps Up To Date
Okay, my browser is up to date. Your may ask, “Why I have to keep my Apps up to date too?” If browser is the main entry to your house, Apps are side entries to your house. Like your browser, older versions of an App with known security vulnerability makes it an easy target for malware and consequence of having an infected App could be devastating. For example, if it is your banking App, your money from your bank account may disappear.
Cybersafety rule #5: Use Strong Password
Password is like a lock on your front door. If you keep your door unlocked, intruders can enter your house without any resistance. Better the lock, stronger the resistance against intrusion. Same is true about password. A strong password must be at least 8 character-long and composed of (1) uppercase letters, (2) lowercase letters, (3) numbers, and (4) special characters such as #, $, @, !. and * etc. For safety have one strong password for each of your online accounts and your devices. Do not use same password for two accounts.
Cybersafety rule #6: Use Only Secure Connections
Some websites support secure or protected connections, and some websites support both secure and unsecure or unprotected connections, But some websites supports only unsecure connection. If the URL starts with https://, then the website supports secure connection. A secure connection encrypts all communication from your browsers to the website and vice versa. Thus, no one can read any communication (without breaking the encryption method).
Cybersafety rule #7: Use Only Secure Source for Online Purchase
You find a great deal online, you want to close it ASAP. Right. But make sure that the it is TRUE and not a scam or cybersafety trap. Before you place your order, make sure that you are closing your deal using a secure connection.
Cybersafety rule #8: Think Twice Before You Download Anything
You have found something interesting or you were looking for. Download it! No, you must wait and think. Is this EXACTLY what you were looking for? Is it from a safe source? Remember, if it is not from a safe website, it may be infested with malware. Moreover, the item you have found is ‘lookalike’ Trojan horse — behind the utility is hidden malware. Think twice before your download anything.
Cybersafety rule #9: Think Twice Before You Post Anything
It is natural to share our information online vis social media. But you have to think what you are sharing, because it could bring praise from a group of your viewers. But same information may damage your future prospects for getting a job or when you are seeking public office. Once the information is posted, ghostlike it going to be in the public-domain forever. Thus, make sure that it will not haunt you in the future like a ghost.
Cybersafety rule #10:Think Twice Before You Provide Information Online
The Internet aka cyberspace is part of our daily life. We surf in the cyberspace for information and, entertainment. We purchase and sell things, pay our bills, and more. Many of these operations require us to provide information. Before you provide any information, think twice. To buy a gift for your mother is it necessary to give her date of birth. Answer is of course NO. This is just one example.
Also, we stay connected via social media, where we post our day-to-day activities, share our locations, and post our pictures. BUT it is important to think what are the longterm adverse implications and effect the shared information may have on you. What is fun today will that be embarrassment tomorrow, because this information will be out there perpetually! Again fro your online safety, you must think twice before your share information online.
Cybersafety rule #11: Think Twice Before You Make a Online Friend
People have more online friends than they in real-life, because it is easy to meet people online. But, is the online profile of a person is same as the real person?
A malicious actor may have several fake profiles for making as many friends as possible. The objective of these malicious actors is to gather valuable information from their ‘cyberspace friends’ to steal their assets in the cyberspace and real world. Therefore, how nice a person appears to be, think twice before befriend with the person. Practice this online safety rule.
A broad general rule for cyber security is Stop.Think.Click.