Is Virtual Network A Real Threat?
The Internet is certainly one of the most important inventions of the modern world. This is evidenced by the number of users, which is counted in billions, or the fact that without the Internet many areas of life would not be functioning.
The article presents practical methods of keeping you safe while surfing the internet using prepared checklists. Basic threatening factors of potential risk online are also presented, as well as safety procedures. All these practices can help internet users’ heads meet legal requirements for using the internet and limiting hack rates.
Potential Internet Threats
It is worth remembering that the Internet carries many risks – the network is not fully controlled, so there is no room for any negligence on the part of users. Information on data theft, virtual violence and other negative phenomena to which people using the Internet may be exposed often appear in the media. Many people assume that the threats do not concern them, because in their free time they only browse websites or contact friends – this approach is not appropriate.
- Malware and Virus
Malware and computer viruses are among the main dangers that may be lurking on network users. They can block the use of the device and even download confidential data, such as personal data or bank account information. Although programs protecting against computer viruses are constantly modernized, it is worth remembering about them and taking care of the highest possible level of security.
- Phishing Personal Data
Another serious threat on the Internet is phishing and theft of personal data. You only need to share your confidential data once and it becomes public online – this way it also becomes available to people who can use it in various ways.
- Virtual Violence
Another threat, especially for younger internet users, is pornography and virtual violence. All kinds of virtual acquaintances, the use of matrimonial websites, the availability of websites with pornographic content or services for adults, and many other elements pose a great threat to children.
The Internet carries many more risks, but there is a set of rules that can be followed to protect users from the negative consequences of using the Internet.
Top 5 Methods to Stay Safe Online
- Use Passwords Wisely
Perhaps the most common mistake of users is to use simple passwords, often in many places at the same time. Meanwhile, simple passwords can be guessed/obtained directly, or by using sophisticated password cracking techniques. After obtaining such a password, you can try them on various services, gaining access to often very sensitive. In addition, not every website equally cares about password security. It often happens that someone uses a very good password on different websites at the same time. Data leakage from one of the websites makes a good password useless and exposes other user accounts.
- Use A Safer Browser
The absolute majority of threats enter our computer while browsing the Internet. Therefore, it is important to have a browser that does not unnecessarily expose your computer to attack. It is very important that the browser is always up-to-date, as it will be the one that will be most often attacked by malicious software.
- Make Backup Copies
All equipment will eventually break down. The reason may be power failure, storm, equipment wear but also fire or flooding. Depending on the cause of the failure and the data storage technology, data recovery can be complicated. That is why it is very important to have backup copies of important data. You can do them manually on removable media (pendrive, dvd, etc.) or use network services (as long as we trust the service provider in terms of security and confidentiality of our data). You can also install software that will automatically back up your data, such as MiniTool ShadowMaker.
- Do Not Open Attachments
Most malware exploits vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Java, and office software. These vulnerabilities can be ‘attacked’ by email attachments. Therefore, always before opening the attachment you need to think about whether we really need to do it.
An example of dangerous attachments can be presentations sent in the form of chains, the reading of which does not affect the performance of our duties, and very seriously threatens the security of our data. Similarly sent suspicious discount coupons for goods that we will not buy anyway or information about the bank statement from the bank in which we do not have an account.
- Change the Operating System to A Newer One
Attacking computers is a profitable activity, so it is largely governed by the laws of economics. As a result, more popular systems are more often analyzed in terms of their security.
The second aspect is the use of a modern operating system. As of date, both Windows XP and Windows 7 is already very old and Microsoft ceased to support both systems. The systems were designed in a time when computer threats were completely different and they are no longer safe. So let’s consider “switching” to something better(in this regard, Windows 10) suited to today’s threats.
At the same, it is worth recalling some basic rules of using online that will ensure the security of your convenience.
- Install anti-virus software
- Limit unnecessary software
- Check the operation of SSL
- Watch out for entering the email recipient
- Always turn on the firewall
To Sum Up
Probably, like most, you cannot imagine your life without the Internet – no wonder, it is extremely important and even indispensable in everyday functioning. However, it is worth taking care of your online security on an ongoing basis – new types of threats appear constantly, so you should keep your information and security up-to-date. By following the above rules, you will effectively minimize the risk of falling victim to online threats.
Peter is a marketer at MiniTool, a specialty software development company focused on disk management, data recovery, backup and many others. The team released its latest video editor – MiniTool MovieMaker. Before he actually serves the team, he researched marketing and tech for years in all industries.