The Internet is a massive collection of networks. It connects millions of computers and mobiles and other smart devices together globally. According to the Internet Live Stats, there are more than 3 billion Internet users worldwide. There are over a billion websites as well. So, it is important that you take proper precautions while browsing the net.
Preparing your computer/mobile/other smart devices for the Internet
It is always better to install an Internet security software on your computer. There are many Internet security software available in the market. It is also important that you update the security software regularly as the Internet security software companies update their virus database on a regular basis. So, if there is a new virus out there, updating your security software will help to catch it. Also, keep your operating system and other software updated.
Identifying secure websites
If you are going to make any transactions over the Internet, then make sure the website that you are putting information into has a secure connection. A website with a secure connection will have ‘https’ in the address field (s stands for secure). Also, nowadays most of the websites that provide transaction facilities feature a virtual keypad. Use the virtual keypad as much as possible. It is more secure than typing your information. Another way to identify a secure website is by checking to see whether the website has a digital certificate. You can do this clicking on the padlock on the browser address bar.
Other safety tips
Download files only from secure and trusted websites. While checking your e-mail, always look out for junk/spam mails and scam mails. There are a lot of scam mails going around. They will usually ask for your personal information. E-mail service providers like Gmail will automatically filter the spam or junk mails for you. Be careful when clicking on hyperlinks in e-mail messages. Always create strong passwords, especially for Internet banking and e-mails. Most of the websites nowadays will show the strength of your password when you create one. When you are online, refrain from revealing a lot of information about you, especially on social networking sites. Install add-ons only from websites that you trust.
Most of the professional companies will have advanced security software to protect their systems from viruses, malware, and spyware. In addition to that, they will have their own custom settings to keep their systems safe on the net.