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5 Tips to Protect Yourself Online

In today’s dynamic world, internet users must know how to stay safe and keep cyber-criminals at bay. But that’s not easy these days with such seemingly endless ways for hackers and fraudsters to get access to your personal information or steal your identity. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a computer wizard to keep yourself safe.

However, here are few tips to help you browse the web more securely and stay safe online.

1) Avoid online shopping and banking on public Wi-Fi networks.

Since these networks are not private, hackers can gain access to data being transmitted over public networks. Using unsecured public Wi-Fi can be like ’inviting’ a threat to yourself. The reason behind this is that such networks are unsafe. Browsing on such networks could lead to getting tracked.

2) Be careful before sharing your whereabouts.

Not only does your social media status update or location check-in information tell somebody where you currently are, but it also tells them where you aren't. This information can be just as dangerous in the hands of criminals—particularly when you post enough data to identify patterns in your daily or weekly routines

3) Use incognito mode to open unsolicited links instead of clicking directly.

Incognito Mode can be a powerful tool to help protect our privacy online. We’ve all become very aware of our online activity and the data trail that we’re leaving across the internet. Every website we visit tracks our activity, touchpoints, interests and this data can, in turn, be used to target us and build a detailed picture of our online activity.

If you need to use a public computer to check an email or shop online, there’s a good chance the computer will store your browsing history. This means that the next person who logs on could potentially see every single site you’ve visited and even log into these sites using your details. Incognito Mode will prevent this from happening by erasing any temporary browsing data as soon as you log out.

4) Use different pictures for each of your social media accounts.

Your profile picture represents who you are and is publicly visible on social media sites. If someone does an image search, they can find multiple profiles with the same image. They can further link data from these profiles to know more about your personal life.

Using different pictures for each social media account will ensure your privacy. Additionally, try to make the pictures small so you don’t give away information about yourself

5) Establish a strong passwords.

A strong password is at least 8 to 12 characters and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Avoid using passwords based on personal or easily accessible information (such as names, birthdays and common phrases like “1234” or “Password”) and never share passwords with coworkers, family or friends. Use different passwords for each account and change them regularly.

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