With more and more users around the world, the internet has become a breeding ground for hackers. Hackers are looking to take whatever personal information you put on the world wide web. Not only are users surfing the web on their desktops computers anymore, but more and more users are using their personal mobile devices online which holds tons of your personal data. With technology constantly evolving and the internet becoming something we are so dependent on, its not likely to get safer any time soon. These three easy internet security tips below can help protect your online identity and security.
Update Browsers and Devices:
Ever wonder why you are constantly being notified of a new software update? Whether it be on your mobile device or your desktop, these updates are often created specifically for fixing security holes. Hackers are aware that most people will put off an update because of the time it will take to install, restart your device, ect…Hackers will take advantage of your laziness and will begin searching for outdated devices that are easier to crack. While installing an update might take 10 or 15 minutes of your time, it could pay off in a big way helping to secure you or your business from a security breach.
Enable A Two-Step Verification:
You most likely have experienced this before when logging into, for example, your bank account from a different operating system. The site will make you enter an additional temporary password that will be sent to you via text, email or via some other method. Now many sites such as Facebook, Dropbox and Twitter offer the option to use a two-step verification each time you log in. This simple extra step can help your sites be better protected on the web and boost your internet security.
Can you remember the last time you entered those letters before a web address? Probably not this decade. It’s no wonder most people are unaware of this tip. So for those of you who don’t know, https is the secure version of http – hypertext transfer protocol. Believe it or not, that last “s” actually adds an extra layer of protection. It encrypts information sent, both ways, between a website’s server and you.
You’re probably thinking, I’m never going to remember or have the time to add that extra https into your web browser. So to make it easier for you, you can actually install a program like “HTTPS Everywhere” that’ll automatically switch an http into an https for you. Currently “HTTPS Everywhere” is available for Firefox, Chrome and Opera.
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