5 Ways to Stay Safe Online

This day in age, our lives are revolved around social media and smart devices. Every day people’s private information is exploited across the internet.

By taking a few precautions, people can do their best to avoid having their personal information being scattered across the internet and reduce the chance of getting hacked. We laid out five easy tips to follow to improve your safety when browsing the web.

1. Create Strong Passwords

“Use a strong password” is something we often see online and entirely ignore. Maybe you’ve never been hacked, but imagine if all of your private information was compromised. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Create a secure password and frequently change it. Changing your password multiple times per year is a sure way to avoid being hacked. 

If you are having trouble figuring out how to create a secure password, there are several applications that will randomly generate passwords for you:

https://passwordsgenerator.net/

https://www.lastpass.com/password-generator

Every so often, there are website breaches that occur on large websites. These breaches leave your sensitive user information readily available to unwanted third-parties.

With that being said, don’t reuse your passwords. If your password were to be leaked, hackers would have access to usernames, emails, and passwords that they could attempt to use on other websites.

Never store passwords on your mobile phone. If you lose your phone, there is potential that you have lost your password forever. You should use a cross-platform password manager that can is accessible across all devices. Here are a few of our favorites below:

https://www.dashlane.com/

https://www.roboform.com/

2. Lower Privacy Settings

There is a lot of data and information that applications collect and share that we aren’t aware of. Apps like Facebook have been associated with misusing their user’s data.

Unfortunately, we have to worry about our private information being abused by platforms we know and trust. What a lot of people don’t know, tucked away in the settings of most applications lies the privacy settings. 

The privacy settings allow us to modify the way that we share information with the applications we use every day. You can adjust your settings according to what information you would like to share.

3. Back up Data

Your phone breaks, you haven’t backed up your device since you got it and suddenly all of your pictures and other personal information is gone. You can’t access your data because you never backed it up.

Every so often, you should backup your data to Google or iCloud. You never know when something tragic is going to happen.

4. Bluetooth Responsibly

Bluetooth is a great way to play your music wirelessly, or as a hotspot for other devices but also opens doors for security vulnerabilities. A good practice for reducing the risk of being hacked is to turn off your Bluetooth when you’re no longer using it.

If you are looking for the utmost security, there are options to turn your Bluetooth activity to undetectable. By making your device undetectable, people will no longer be able to connect or even search for your device.

5. Be careful connecting to public Wi-Fi

A lot of public Wi-Fi’s are not encrypted, leaving you and your personal information at risk. When you are connected to a Wi-Fi that is not encrypted, third-parties can monitor your online activity without your knowledge.

By turning on your firewall, you can restrict third-parties from viewing your information. Other security measures that could be taken would be installing a malware protection application on your smart device. However, this shouldn’t be much of a worry as most devices these days are unable to obtain viruses.

Conclusion

Technology is continuously evolving, and people are finding new ways to be mischievous. By no means should you be scared when browsing the web, but you should take some precautions to ensure your personal safety.

Drop us a line and let us know some ways that you scour the world-wide-web safely and securely.