A lot of people tend to take the internet for granted. But, securing our presence online is something that should not be taken lightly and protecting your privacy is vital on the internet.

Here are some tips to help improve your online safety:

Strong Passwords

While some may suggest you use strong passwords for all your sensitive accounts, it’s a lot better to use strong passwords for all your accounts. This will keep hackers at bay. Remember; do not use the same password for all your accounts. This way, even if one account is hacked, the security of the rest isn’t at risk. One other thing to consider is two-factor authentication. This means you’ll have to enter a code from your smartphone apart from your password before logging in. This is a terrific way to ensure you aren’t hacked even if someone does figure out your password.

Watch out for spyware

Spyware is a type of malware which steals sensitive information without you even knowing about it. It can open pop-ups on your computer, redirect your browser, and even monitor browsing sessions. You wouldn’t want someone monitoring all your keystrokes or browsing history, right? It goes without saying that your confidential details and financial information are also in peril.

Here are a few practices to protect yourself from spyware:

  • Don’t click on any suspicious links.
  • Be careful whenever you download a free application.
  • If you think an email is spam, delete it without even opening it.
  • Don’t answer calls you don’t expect.

You could also get an anti-spyware software from the internet to keep you safe. Use a download manager like Internet Download Manager to safely download files.

Keep Windows and apps up to date

Software vulnerabilities are another major problem you’ll have to deal with in today’s world. If you do not update software regularly, you will be leaving holes open in your systems for cybercriminals to get through.

Software updates regularly fix these issues while also providing new features. So, always ensure you have the latest version of any app or operating system that you are using.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of installing updates manually. There is an option to have them install automatically in the background too.

Guest user accounts

In Windows, you are allowed to set different privilege and access levels for users. For your regular browsing, it is recommended that you use a guest account instead of an administrator account.

The benefit of doing this is that you will ensure even if malware or spyware does enter your system, the damage will be restricted to the level of access the guest account has. Since the account has no admin rights, there is no way any damage will be caused to the rest of your PC.

Only administrators are allowed to make major changes to a system like deleting important files or installing malicious software. When you’re on a guest account, you’ll need to provide access credentials if you want the administrator account to make any important changes.

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