While the internet is the place that answers almost all your queries, you need to keep in mind that doing so also exposes you to danger as you can end up clicking on fraudulent sites. Hackers are always on the lookout for personal information so they can access your bank account, emails, and other important things. Online shopping, internet banking, social media craze, all have put your identity at risk, and also made you vulnerable to cyber-attacks. It is important to take the necessary safety precautions to protect your privacy and have a safe and enjoyable browsing experience.
Fortunately, there are several ways to protect yourself and make your browsing a safer and more satisfying experience, no matter whether you are using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. We’ve put together 6 simple tips in this guide for secure browsing. Read on…
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- Keep Your Web Browser Updated
Updating your browser is important to ensure you’ve installed all the latest security updates and are able to load web pages properly. Updates include security updates, bug fixes, and new features and more, to make sure you’re getting the very best experience, which is more important than ever.
- Enable HTTPS-Only Mode
HTTPS is more secure, for both users and website owners. With HTTPS, data is encrypted in transit in both directions: going to and coming from the origin server. The protocol keeps communications secure so that malicious parties can’t observe what data is being sent.
- Disable the Autofill Feature
The biggest concern with autofill is privacy and how a hacker can easily obtain personal information. It is simple to trick a browser or password manager into giving up saved login credentials to a malicious person via phishing. The best way for you to prevent any attack is to disable Autofill in any browser you use.
- Hide Your IP Address with a VPN
A VPN hides your IP address and encrypts your online activity for maximum privacy and security. It does this by connecting you to an encrypted, private VPN server, instead of the ones owned by your ISP. This means your activity can’t be tracked, stored, or mishandled by third-parties.
- Stay in Incognito Mode When Possible
In Incognito, none of your browsing history, cookies and site data, or information entered in forms are saved on your device. This means your activity doesn’t show up in your browser history, so other people (if any) who use your device won’t see your activity.
- Always Log Out
When you are done with your browsing, always log out of your account/s before you close your browser. This way, your transactions are not open to all and it makes it difficult for hackers to read your data.
Just like you protect yourself and your family from threats, web browsing is no different. Threats tend to lurk in the most unexpected places. Following the above-mentioned tips will help you stay safe online.