Stay safe online: Top 10 internet safety tips

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How many of those tips do you follow?

  • none

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 1 to 3

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 4 to 6

    Votes: 9 20.0%
  • 7 to 9

    Votes: 22 48.9%
  • All of them

    Votes: 14 31.1%

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To the uninitiated, the internet can feel like a scary place – and to some extent, it is. About four new malicious software programs are created per second according to figures collated by IT security analysts AV-TEST.

The stats might sound daunting, but thankfully you don’t have to be a computer wizard to keep yourself safe online. In fact, with a little bit of preparation and the right tools at your disposal, even the biggest technophobes can learn how to navigate the internet without putting themselves at risk.

To celebrate the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we’ve rounded up our 10 best tips to help you browse the web more securely and stay safe online.

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Captain Awesome

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May 7, 2016
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1.Keep software up to date
2.Use reputable antivirus software(ESET,Avast,KIS....Emsisoft)+Backup Softwares:)
3. Email with caution
4.Browse using an encrypted connection
5.Use an adblocker(uBlock Origin,AD Guard)
6.Customize privacy settings
7.Common sense(y)
8.Never Use public WIFI.(y)
 

tonibalas

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Sep 26, 2014
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I am following 7 of this rules.
About Mobile i am using Windows Mobile and i am very careful while when i am browsing on the internet.
Also when i want to connect to a public wi-fi i am choosing some that i know that i will be a bit secure.
And i have to say that i am not staying connected for very long.
If you think this is saficient then i am following 8 rules.
 

kev216

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1) Good passwords ->. I never use the same password twice on different services. Sometimes modified combinations of parts of some passwords, sometimes completely different ones. Always combo of different numbers, characters etc.
2) Keeping Software up2d8 -> Not using a software updater. If a software asks to update, I'll let it do it's thing and I often look myself for updates too to manually install them.
3) Reputable Anviritus -> Using Sophos. (Nice Emsisoft ad there btw ;))
4) Emails. -> If it looks phishy, it goes straight to the bin.
5) Mobile Device AV -> Norton is installed
6) 2FA -> Not using it on every service it is available. Sometimes it is a bit devious or unhandy, but I do know it gives you more protection.
7) Public Wifi -> Only using encrypted public wifi of my isp, never using the unprotected ones.
8) Https -> HttpsEverywhere
9) Adblocker -> Aguard is my friend for more than 4 years now.
10) Social media privacy settings -> I spend less than 5 minutes a week on social media, but even for that everyting I can cover is covered.
 

Local Host

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Sep 26, 2017
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1. Create bulletproof passwords
Keepass.

2. Keep software up to date
CCleaner is a recent example this is not always a good choice, I update as need be (exploit fixes and feature updates).

3. Use reputable antivirus software
I'm the Anti-Virus.

4. Email with caution
Emails with malware are obvious, caution always there.

5. Don’t forget about your mobile device
Windows Phone here.

6. Use two-factor authentication
Everywhere I can.

7. Be wary of public Wi-Fi
The only Wi-Fi I use is my own, outside home I use Carrier Data.

8. Browse using an encrypted connection
Everywhere I can.

9. Use an adblocker
Always.

10. Customize privacy settings
I go deep enough to find hidden settings and features few people know about.
 

Transhumana

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Jul 6, 2017
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1. Passwords - I use long passwords that consist of made-up phrases that only make sense in my head :D special characters, upper and lower case characters and numbers included. Now I have unique passwords for different services, but I wasn't always that careful.
2. Keeping software up to date - I don't use software updater, but I check and update regularly
3. Reputable AV - recently I switched to KIS, but it's always a reputable one (Avast, Emsisoft, BitDefender...)
4. E-mail - always cautious
5. Mobile device - it's iPhone so there's not much to do there; I only use Adguard Pro combined with other safe practices
6. 2 FA - Enabled in most cases
7. Public Wi-Fi - I rarely use it, but if I have to, I use VPN
8. Browsing using an encrypted connection - whenever it's possible
9. adblocker - uBlock Origin
10. Customized privacy settings
 

Weebarra

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Apr 5, 2017
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I voted for 8, the only 2 i don't practise are 2 step authentication & security on my mobile as i never connect it to the internet, it's basically a phone to me.

The password one was my biggest failing before i joined this site, i think i used the same 2 or 3 passwords for absolutely everything, i am much wiser now thanks to MT and it's members for sharing hints and tips and guiding me ;)
 
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plat1098

Aii, I wanted to run away, lol. The five I need to work on:

email:
I've opened rogue emails before, Curiosity, it's a bad thing at times
passwords: no manager of these, it's something to change.
2FA: yep
Browser encryption: unless keystroke encryption counts?
Customized privacy settings: I can work on those now.

Good poll, always can use a reminder or two, right? Or five.
 

askalan

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Jul 27, 2017
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This is my list:
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I just laught about: "3. Use reputable antivirus software"
Today AV's are breaking the SSL encryption to view if the site contains malicious content. Is Emsisoft scanning HTTPS sites too? If yes that it isn't "reputable".
 
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