Phishing, identity theft, tabnabbing and many others threats are lurking waiting to we give a misstep. With every passing day new and more sophisticated threats rises to prevent that we enjoy of our Internet browsing. This article looks some tips to keep us safe.
The last versions of Windows are very safe, since this aspect is strengthened by well-designed software, so that chances of being infected is virtually zero. Nevertheless the truth is that many of the Internet viruses with which it can infect a computer, come from the hand of sophisticated deceptions, which means a surely contagion, if we not take the necessary precautions.
From here we can see some simple tips but very effective, that if we pay enough attention, we can keep to our computer completely safe.
Use known and reputable antivirus
First, we must always use antivirus software and firewalls well entrenched in the market. Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast Antivirus and Comodo Antivirus, among others, are highly respected and excellent reputation software.
We must also ensure that our operating system, security software and web browser always have the latest updates installed, provided by manufacturers.
Do not disseminate our email address
It is more than obvious in these times, but it is always important to remember that we should not give our email address to sites or people which do not have safe references. These sites possibly make us victims of spam, or even sell our ID in an email list to companies that resell this information.
Use strong passwords
In the case of passwords or passwords, always remember that under no point of view we must use our name or any word or date that identifies us, such as our favorite sports team or our date of birth.
There is currently a technique carried out by hackers called “social engineering”, which is basically spy to a Facebook user or another social network to find important details about their lives and try to figure out the password using this technique.
A strong password is one that uses a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters with numbers and other signs. Also a good measure is to not use the same password for all services.
Not confirm anything we have not asked
Is really important to remember never press the button “Yes” on a window that we have not requested. This could allow viruses to enter our PC. In case of any doubt or suspect we should always cancel or stop the operation.
Beware of Social Networks
A special case like social networks justifies take quite a while to adjust safety variables offered by the sites that provide this service as Facebook.
This is because now we share much of our lives in these places, and that this information can be accessed by any is a big risk. We should always be very careful with those who want to be our “friends” in social networks, as they may have criminal intentions.
Be careful with the material downloaded from Internet
One of the entry points most commonly used by viruses to infect our computer is undoubtedly the downloads of movies, videos or music through torrents, P2P programs like eMule or Ares or direct downloads from sites like Megaupload or 4Share, since they are a source of trojans and other malicious programs that may damage our computer.
If we take these tips and we implement them, and we add a little common sense to navigate, we can serenely surf the Internet and enjoy all its benefits without compromising the security of our data and our computer.
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