Protecting your devices and data while surfing the internet is vital. Since the devices and platforms are interconnected, it is necessary to secure each and every device and network. Even if you have installed a reliable antivirus program, you must be vigilant while surfing the web. Here are some precautions you must take to stay safe while exploring the internet:
Do not click on links
Cyber attackers and hackers often send malicious links to unwary users via email. Did you ever get an email from an employment agency offering a package which looks a little ludicrous? If you click on the link provided in the mail, you will get directed to a website which seems genuine. However, in reality, this website is created to fool people and steal their credit card details. Sometimes, clicking on links may prompt a download. This download is laced with malicious codes and keylogging software.
Use a secure browsing software
Microsoft Edge is one of the most secure browsers. It blocks malicious websites. Google Chrome also blocks around 86 percent of malicious content. However, Microsoft Edge remains at the top. It will give you a warning if you are trying to access a suspicious website. You can then decide if you visit the site or not.
Similarly, when you download anything from a shady place, the download will get blocked. MS Edge is also very proficient at tackling zero-day vulnerabilities. Moreover, always use an updated internet browser.
Bolster the browser’s security
Check shortened URLs
Shortening links are useful when you want to adjust a long URL in a small space. However, shortened URLs are often used to mislead people and deceive them into clicking on malicious links. Whenever you come across a shortened link, you should verify if it is safe or not. You can check it on Twitter. If the link is unsafe, then you will receive a warning. You can also use Bitly and see the original destination of the URL.
Do not download blindly
While downloading stuff from the web, be careful. Do not download from suspicious websites. Always go to the authentic and genuine website to download anything. Avoid downloading freeware as they often come with malicious codes. We often get lured by free mp3, free games, and other software and download it. But, this could be hazardous for the device as well as data. In mobile devices, never download any app from third-party stores.
Karen Minton is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Karen has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as www.office.com/setup