Internet access today is very easy, and is becoming more popular with each passing day. As Cris Dias would say : “the internet is here to stay” .
Exactly because of this, it becomes increasingly necessary to be very careful with the use of the internet. As in “real life”, on the internet there are a lot of malicious people who take advantage of this popularization to steal important and sensitive information and data. Here are some simple tips to help you increase your Internet safety.
USE AN ANTIVIRUS
It seems obvious, but it never hurts to warn. There are several free solutions available on the internet. But currently, I recommend Avast antivirus. I use this antivirus on my desktop, in my notebook and even in my smarphone.
USE A SPYWARE DETECTION PROGRAM
Free antivirus typically has a very limited spyware detection function. It is a tactic that developers use to convince the user to migrate to the paid solutions they make. So I recommend using with your antivirus, the SpyBot search and Destroy program , to scan your PC for spy programs and password stealers.
INSTALL AND CONFIGURE A FIREWALL
“Firewall” according to Wikipedia , “is a device of a computer network that aims to apply a security policy to a certain point in the network. The firewall can be of the type packet filters, proxy of applications, etc. Firewalls are usually associated with TCP / IP networks. This security device exists in the form of software and hardware. “If you do not want to download, install, and configure a complete Firewall, (such as ZoneAlarm , for example), at least let the standard Windows firewall be enabled. It can help you avoid too much headache.
KEEP YOUR PROGRAMS UP TO DATE
You may have the best antivirus at all, but if it is out of date, it will not do any good. Enable automatic updates for your antivirus, as well as Windows updates. Security packages are always released, which close newly discovered breaches.
BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT “SUSPICIOUS” LINKS
Links and attachments in emails or instant messages – BEWARE of them! Particularly if the message was not requested or asks for personal information or the verification of a password.
LIVE EYE ON YOUR ONLINE SHOPPING AND INTERNET BANKING
When sending sensitive information, such as credit card details, use encrypted connections. When you finish the operation, log off, particularly if you are not using your own computer.
CHOOSE PASSWORDS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO DISCOVER AND PROTECT THEM
Do not come up with 123456, your birthday, or any other obvious passwords too. Truly secure passwords combine uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, do not write down your password in a post-it pasted on your monitor (I know someone who did this with the bank account password – seriously!). It is preferable NOT to write down your password anywhere other than your brain.
DO NOT COPY OR USE PROGRAMS FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES
Always try to download your programs directly from the developers website. If you do not know what the developer site is, use superdownlods, bajaki, or sourceforge.net
BACK UP YOUR DATA REGULARLY AND KEEP THE COPIES IN A SAFE PLACE.
In May of that year, the cartoonist Laerte lost 12 years of work when he had the computer stolen . It is therefore advisable to save your data on several different media. Pendrive, external HD, in cloud services (like Dropbox , SkyDrive or Google Drive ), DVD’s or BluRays – All is valid to ensure that you will not lose your life if your computer is stolen or damaged.
If you take these and other basic precautions now and in the future, at a minimum, you will increase your security and the secrecy of your information.