Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Online Security Tips for Internet and mobile technology

When using the Internet and mobile technology, and in order to better protect yourself and your personal information, you should be taking measures to stay safer online. 

A Few Helpful Tips:

Nowadays, computer theft & data loss are growing problems for consumers as well as businesses; small, mid to large scale. Important documents, financial data and personal information are stored on computers; and to improve security it is advisable to use the best antivirus software. 

Antivirus software works as a shield which can protect your system from a sudden invasion from hackers. A firewall will also help you by controlling incoming and outgoing traffic in your system. It is very important to install this software on your computer.

Browsers, operating systems and mobile devices often need updates. It’s a pain, but it's also important. Updates are intended to patch your system frequently which helps in discovering security problems. If an update notice comes (specifically OS security updates), never hesitate to install it, otherwise a hacker could get a chance to gain control of your computer. Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device works like a tree branch of computer security, covering multiple devices and involving browser security as well as network security.

When using a log-in service, look out for two-factor authentication, which provides a second authentication factor in addition to a typical password. In most cases, the code is sent to your phone or email via a text message. It might seem simple but can almost double password security.
Using a weak password, or using the same password across your accounts, has become an increasingly common habit, and it’s unfortunately a completely avoidable vulnerability.  Simply put, always use strong passwords, and make sure you have several of them for all your accounts. The most common leaked passwords were "123456" and "password." Don’t include easily identifiable things like your birthday or your name in your password. For each website, login, and service, you should be using only unique passwords. There are many good password management services, such as 1Password or LastPass, which generate and store login information in a virtual vault, so it’s easier for you to keep track of them.

Keep an eye out for secure sites - The S version of hypertext transfer protocol is the highest security version, meaning the letters that come before "www." in a URL. That last "S" makes a big difference. HTTPS normally works by directionally encrypting information sent between you and a website's servers. Http without S doesn’t mean that it’s completely not secure, though, it’s just less secure. But there are tools such as the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension, which work by automatically switching any HTTP address over to HTTPS.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to comment if you got any tips to share.

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