Internet security has become a hot topic of debate today, and this really comes as little surprise given the large amounts of devastating malware attacks users are experiencing all around the globe.
With the advancement of technology, so has the complexity and sophistication of malware grown to the point where people have needed to take drastic measures in order to safeguard their devices and personal information against such malicious threats.
Also known as “malicious software” is a simple term that essentially refers to a group of threats including the likes of worms, keyloggers, trojan horses, spyware and adware infections. When a computer, laptop or other such device becomes infected with malware the effects can be devastating, ranging from online identity theft to stolen financial information and of course, destruction to the files of your operating system. Protection against such threats has always been with the use of malware protection software but this is not enough today.
Let us take a look at 5 essential internet security tips that will help you safeguard your computer, laptop or mac system against hackers and malware threats.
1. Internet Protection Software
This one is the most important and comes in at number 1. the main method to help prevent malware attacks will be to use quality, paid anti-malware software on your system. The software should have a powerful definition database, live protection ability and must allow for regular updates in order to be effective against malware. Scanning your system once every day is recommended for best results.
2. Login Information
We all have numerous social media, email and banking websites that we log into on a daily basis. A general rule of thumb is the make sure that each website has completely unique login credentials. This means a different username and password for each website. Make sure you use a combination of lower case, upper case, numbers and also some special characters to make it hack proof. Store these login details on a secured USB drive or password manager.
Be careful about the emails you receive in your inbox. Hackers use emails to spread viruses and malware in the form of attachments and phishing links. Always scan email attachments before opening them and never click on any suspicious links in an email unless you are 100% sure it is legitimate. Too often, users click on phishing links and are sent to fake websites which capture all their information. Be careful.
4. File Downloads
Do you enjoy downloading files? Unfortunately, probably the most common way through which malware attacks a computer is through downloaded files. This can be games, archived files, exe files, documents and other programs. Once again, scan the file before you install it to find out if it is malicious or not. Alternatively, use an online scanner.
5. Online Payments
When making online payments, always make sure that the website has the “https://” before the website url. This will indicate that the payment will be done on a safe page. Never share credit card details with unknown users.