Everyone loves the Internet because it’s made so many things easier and we would be lost without it. That doesn’t mean to say it’s perfect because there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Whenever you do anything online you leave a trail of breadcrumbs and if the wrong people follow it back to you they can cause some serious trouble. When you are playing around on your computer you must make sure you are safe.
This is hard for some people to understand because they have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. They don’t appreciate how intelligent and evil some people truly are. They can use almost any private information against you, but only if you let them. From now on you will be able to stay safe because we’re going to look at some guidelines you should follow. Once you’ve read through them you must start changing the way you do things online.
Block web browser cookies
When you land on websites you create a trail that follows you around the Internet. People can use this information to find out so many things about you. Your information is also sold to companies without your consent. Do you really want someone knowing what you do when you’re online? You should disable cookies and it will stop some of your data from being recorded.
Skip the day
How many times do you use your full date-of-birth in any of your online profiles? From now on you should only use the month and year if you’re going to use anything. It means identity thieves won’t be able to come along and mess up your life. Your date-of-birth is one of the first things they can use to drag up all sorts of other information they need to commit a crime.
Be careful what you download
It’s easy to download anything these days and because broadband speeds are so fast it might be tempting to start downloading everything you see. Try to be careful because you have no idea if anything you download is full of nasty surprises. Once you get a virus on your computer it’s not going to be nice. Use security software, but also refuse to download programs from untrustworthy sites.
Vary your passwords
I know you don’t have a great memory and nobody can remember hundreds of passwords, but if you have hundreds of different accounts it has to be done. When you use the same one all the time it means a hacker only needs to figure out one and they have access to your online life. Write them down and keep them in a very safe place, or use password management software.
Now that we all walk around with smartphones we use apps that keep track of where we are. You can tell everyone you’re about to sit down to a fancy meal in a nice restaurant, but is that really something you want to be doing? You’re basically telling everyone that your home is empty should they wish to come and pick up a few new gadgets and some expensive jewelry.
Close any old accounts
Once you have finished using an online account you should delete it. Once it’s gone your information will vanish and nobody will be able to get access to it. Now is a good time to think about any website you have registered with in the past. If you can think of any from a few years ago you should go and get rid of them right now.
It’s down to you
You are the only person who can keep you safe. Don’t let someone come along and mess up your life because you didn’t look after your information. We live in the online world these days so you better get used to it.
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This post is contributed by Alan Wilkins. He has vast knowledge of health information technology and likes to share key facts with people on his blog. An avid reader, he catches up on the latest in health technology in his spare time.