By: Ana Margarita Olar| Executivechronicles.com| Internet seemed to grant us everything we wished for. You can gather information for a shorter span of time, meeting people with on the comfort of your home.
You can also send and receive messages with just a click. But this freedom is now being abused. Freedom becomes a prison.
You may become a victim of identity theft, scam, and your privacy is pretty much invaded. So how do you protect yourself?
Here are some tips to enjoy the internet and stay safe:
CHANGE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA SETTINGS
The internet’s social media sites such as Facebook, twitter, and Instagram have privacy settings which you can update regularly to keep safe. Click the privacy settings on each of your social media profiles. You can control how much information you share with your friends, acquaintances, and total strangers.
When setting your Facebook privacy, you can have the option to view your profile as a stranger. You can check how much information you share with a stranger or a particular person.
KEEP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE BARREN
Even if you are eager to share your personal information all over the internet, take hold of yourself. Don’t fill up your social media profile completely. Leave personal information such as birthdays, addresses, and phone number blank.
This personal information is already known to your close family and friends. You don’t need to share these with everyone on the internet.
CHANGE YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS
You can change the configuration settings of your browser for safety and security. Click browser settings. Then set browser settings to avoid cookies from sites you have not visited before. You can also click on the settings that clear cookies when you end your session or close the window.
INSTALL SOFTWARE PROTECTION
The two huge threats to internet security are spyware and malware. If your device is connecting to the internet, make sure you have software protection. You have to install anti-spyware products. You can choose from free open source or paid subscriptions. Avoid clicking pop-up windows. Don’t go to weird links.
KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UPDATED
The software presents updates from time to time. Update your system to protect your device against new threats. Some updates have fixed for the weakness in your software found by the software provider.
Attackers can take advantage of these software vulnerabilities and can steal your personal or financial information.
Use these five tips to avoid being an internet victim. The Internet was supposed to help us and not threaten us. Despite cybercrime laws, culprits are hard to catch. So you have to learn to protect yourself.