7 ways to stay secure online

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MANILA, Nov. 15, 2016 – One way many internet users compromise their internet security is when they trust appearances, leading an international cybersecurity and anti-virus provider to suggest 7 ways to stay safe online.

One way to compromise online security, Sarah Pike of Kaspersky Lab disclosed, is to lead internet users into thinking that something is really what it appears to be, noting users can ensure their internet security by practising the 7 following tips:

  • Don’t connect to open wi-fi

“For example, criminals may create a Wi-Fi hotspot and name it something plausible, like ‘McDonalds open Wi-Fi’ or ‘Hotel Guest 3′,” she said.
A legitimate Wi-Fi, however, does not guarantee secured connection, Pike explained. Criminals wait in ambush for victims connecting to it.

“If you must use the network, do so as safely as possible: avoid visiting sites that require a login, and especially avoid any financial transactions,” she said. No banking, no shopping. If possible use a VPN.”

  • No family and pet name as password

Using family name, pet name, birthday, and the like for password is not secure, Pike noted.
“Instead, start with things other people are unlikely to guess, and use our password checker as a tool to help you learn to build better passwords,” she said.

  • Don’t reuse passwords

Password that seems extremely strong is still not secure, Pike revealed.

“You’re going to need more passwords,” she said. “Because although yes, you could certainly be the victim of a hacker who guesses your password, the odds are much better that your login credentials will be compromised in some gigantic database hack. And if one login name and password opens your e-mail, bank account, Amazon, Facebook…Well, you get the idea.”

  • Don’t click on links in e-mails

Links in spam or phishing e-mails “may take you to a site that automatically downloads malware to your computer or to a site that looks familiar but steals your password,” said Pike.

She also warned to stop clicking on Facebook like-farming links.

“You know the ones — Like and Share to win an iPhone! Like this if you think it’s wrong to torture animals!” she said. At best, you merely won’t win anything, but it’s safe to say you will be helping out scammers and validating shady businesses practices.”

  • Don’t give away login credentials

There is no other way to keep personal data from criminals than not disclosing or giving it away, Pike noted.

  • Don’t disclose whereabouts

Internet users compromise their security when they post their location in a vacation hub or post “geotagged photos that show viewers where they were taken,” she explained.

“Keep that information among trusted friends only — especially on networks such as Facebook that show your town of residence,” Pike said.

  • Don’t accept social media default settings

Prior signing up for a new account, check privacy and security settings, she urged Internet users. Take some time to make sure one is sharing information to trusted people only.

“Before you post something for your friends on Facebook, your followers on Twitter, your connections on LinkedIn, or wherever else you may broadcast, take just a quick second to be sure you aren’t sending strangers information that might help them impersonate you online or otherwise do you harm,” Pike said. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)

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