Security Tips for Internet Users
It is a well known fact that nearly everyone has access to the
Internet. How each person uses it, though, varies. Some people use
the Internet everyday for work; some use it for news updates; and still others
order goods and services.
While it is useful, you can encounter problems if you are not
using the Internet in a safe manner. So, how do you know if the
information you are accessing is safe?
Here are a few tips to remember while surfing the web:
Know the website you are visiting - Ensure
that the website you are visiting is the correct website. Hackers can
create a site that looks very similar to the legitimate site. When you are
visiting a website, it is best to type the Web address yourself. Links in
email messages, text messages, instant messages, or pop-up ads can take you to
websites that look legitimate but are not.
Watch out for scams - It is important to be
vigilant and watch for scams. Be wary of emails that contain information
on deals that sound too good to be true, contain alerts about your bank account,
credit card, etc. These emails could easily be the work of cyber criminals
looking to collect your financial data.
Only submit sensitive information over an encrypted
connection - Before you enter sensitive information on a Web page,
ensure the Web address begins with "https," not just "http." The "s"
stands for secure. Also, if you have an encrypted connection, you will
notice a closed padlock icon either next to the Web address or in the lower
right corner of the screen.
Conduct financial transactions at home -
Never pay bills, bank, shop or do other financial business on a public or shared
computer or on devices that are on public wireless networks, such as laptops or
cell phones. The security is unreliable.
Heed browser warnings - Ensure you thoroughly
read any pop-up messages and security warnings that appear on your screen.
You should not continue viewing the site unless you understand the risks
stemming from these messages.