One of the things that came with internet access is the number of people getting scammed. Almost annually, we get a lot of new scams reported to authorities. Unfortunately, as technology advanced, some of these scams became sophisticated to the point where people end up helpless.
If you are someone who wants to stay safe online, here are some strategies to stay safe. Her, you will be able to have a better understanding of how the internet is not a safe as you think.
Create Strong Passwords for Different Accounts
One of the biggest blunders that people make is not taking their passwords seriously. In reality, you can get hacked if you are using generic passwords. It is important to mix numbers and special characters if you are going to create a password. The best practice is to write everything on a piece of paper where you keep it at home. This will be a good way to make sure that you also don’t get to forget your password.
And also, be sure that you are going to notify your phone if someone starts to log in on your social media or your emails.
Only use your devices to log in to your accounts
If you are going to use another person’s laptop or phone, be sure that you are not logging in to your social media or on your email. Make sure that you are going to only trust your device. You never know if you accidentally saved the password on the person’s device. This will become tricky especially when you are dealing with someone who wants to take a peek at your messages or on your accounts.
Invest in malware and antivirus
It is also a good idea that you invest in antivirus and malware to protect your information. This will prevent people from spying on what you are doing. The malware will do its job to eliminate things that can compromise your privacy.
Have files saved in a hard drive
You just can’t trust the cloud when it comes to information that will reveal your address and other personal info. What you want is to save it in your hard drive. You can have it backed up by another hard drive. And also, why not have it password protected as well. This can help you have peace of mind.
Don’t download apps that aren’t trustworthy
You want to make sure that you are only going for trustworthy apps. Also, make it a habit to read the terms and conditions before you even agree to download it. There are instances when the apps can compromise your information. TikTok, for instance, can gain access to your clipboard. If you happened to be copy-pasting your information such as your password and your email, then the app can access these things.
Don’t just trust a stranger online
If you receive an email from someone who you don’t know, be sure that you exercise caution. There are instances when they are simply trying to fish information and trying to get some cash or worse steal your identity.