Most of the PCs today are connected to the Internet and get loads of information and entertainment to the user but never forget that the internet also has threats such as
viruses and malware. Virus and malware authors are producing smarter threats to beat even the modern security tools so it is not easy to get protected from online threats. Mere installation of antivirus program is not enough to get you through of this mess instead you also need to implement certain tips as mentioned below.
Use different passwords for your every online account
Users tend to use single password for all of their accounts because they find it easy to do but it is very perilous as it dilutes your online security. Undoubtedly, it is difficult to remember many passwords at a time but it is very important on account of rampant password breeches. If you are using one password for your various accounts at various platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail then you are running with huge security threat as hackers would be able to go into all your accounts by hacking only one password.
Because of this reason it is strongly recommended to use different passwords for each of your account. If you use different passwords then the degree of security increases manifold because even if your one account gets hacked others will remain secure.
Make sure your passwords are strong
Only keeping different passwords would not work well unless you ensure that they are strong as well. Security experts recommend users to always create passwords in the combination of alphabets, numbers and special characters and ensure that they are unique and difficult to hack. Moreover, the password should be a mix of upper and lower case characters. It is also desired to change password at regular interval such as at after every six months. If you are one of those who are not good at memorizing passwords then you can take the help of password-manager tool.
Set up two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication or two-step verification is an innovative way of protecting your identity on the web. Google recommends every user to setup two-factor authentication or two-step verification on the Google account for enhanced internet security. After Google, Twitter is also expected to bring similar security safeguards for users. Once enabled with the two-step verification, you require entering a code besides your password to login your account. You can get the code only via message or a voice call. In this way, your account gets doubly secured and no one can login to it unless he acquires access to your phone or email.
Don’t put too much private information on social networks
While putting information on social networking websites we hardly consider that whether it is safe to share information on such platforms or not. According to experts, it is not safe today to share too much information with the social networking websites as they can be easily hacked by cyber offenders. The information on these platforms helps hackers in figuring out passwords and answer questions that are asked by password reset tools. So if you keep your private information spread and open they can be misused in hacking your online accounts. So be careful and miser in providing information to the social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Use only secure Wi-Fi networks
The means you use for connecting to the internet is also very important for online security of your PC. To enjoy safe browsing it is important that you protect your home wireless network with a strong password and you also need to change the default SSID (Service set identifier).
Moreover, if you are trying to connect via public Wi-Fi network then you essentially need to be doubly sure about its security. Security experts recommend users for sending information via the Wi-Fi networks only if they are assured about its security. At several occasions, the information you send via these networks gets intercepted and thus misappropriated by cyber miscreants.
The above discussed are the five important tips using which you can prevent majority of the online threats. If you implement these tips in practice, you would be able to enjoy a safe and secure internet browsing.