Until recently, no one could say what a secure Internet is.
Viruses, malware, phishing attacks, and other types of cyber threats hit computers, laptops, and phones through e-mail, vulnerabilities in programs, through infected removable media, and so on. Some free and almost useless antivirus program was supposed to counter all this.
Nowadays, people are paying more and more attention to Internet security. This became possible due to two factors:
- the system of protection of web servers through which information passes has been significantly improved;
- users realized how important it is to follow some basic rules for their own security on the Internet, and therefore they began to use VPN networks more often, update antivirus programs in time, install powerful firewalls, come up with complex passwords, and so on.
Network Security: Basic Rules
First of all, you should strictly refrain from performing the following actions:
- Disclosing your personal information to everyone. It is better not to disclose such data about yourself as your name, phone number, residential address, etc.
- Opening emails from unknown senders. The threat often comes from emails with catchy headlines: “You won…”, “You were sent money…”, “You were hired…” and so on. At best, it is useless spam, and at worst, it may be a hidden phishing attack.
- Installing programs that require you to temporarily disable your anti-virus program, unless you have full confidence in the source.
- Using public free Wi-Fi.
In addition, when making payments on the Internet, it is better to use websites exclusively with the “https” protocol, and also make sure that web resources do not store your bank card information.
For devices with Internet access, you should:
- install and timely update anti-virus programs;
- improve your Internet security by supplementing antivirus programs with other useful utilities: firewalls, anti-malware, etc.;
- hide your real IP using a VPN.
Remember that your online safety primarily depends on your level of responsibility to protect your devices and data. If you carefully monitor what information you share, do not open questionable emails and executable files (.exe), and ensure that all the necessary programs work properly, then the probability of a successful hacker attack on your devices will be significantly lower.