When it comes to securing your online activities the first thing that comes to mind is surfing the net anonymously isn’t it? Now while it does matter it is not all and plus not everyone can always afford it either. There is more to online security than that and to help you understand it better here is a must read guide.
Irrespective of where or for what you are creating an account I would suggest you always use a strong password and if your password is going to include your name, birth date etc. well then you are far from it.
Pick random ones and make sure they are unique for each site. Now I know keeping track of so many passwords can be tough and this where good password managers such as LastPass, KeePass, and 1Password come in handy.
Also make sure you do not keep easy password hints. With a password manager you won’t need these hints thus make sure you keep them as misleading as possible.
Well now that your passwords are secure it is time to upgrade your browsing security as well and for that first and foremost thing you need to do is download an HTTPS extension for your browser. Using HTTPS keeps all your info secure on all shopping, social sites etc.
Also always remember to log out properly once you are done using your facebook, twitter or any other account. I know this sounds quite basic but think about how often do you take the most basic of things for granted before realizing its impact.
Apart from that anonymity too plays an important role and the best way to stay anonymous is by opting for a good and reliable VPN service or switch to a Tor browser. Also if you spend a lot of time downloading stuff BT Guard or a Seedbox connection is a must.
Improve network security
Browser check now time to move on to your network security. To secure your network the most basic thing you can do is remember to update your OS and other security softwares like your antivirus etc.
These updates are not always about new features but are sometimes solutions to certain loopholes and thankfully updating is not a very difficult process either. Most softwares update automatically but it is good to give it a check once in a while. Also remember to keep a backup of everything you store on your pc.
Use public Wi-Fi securely
Usually I would not recommend you connect your laptop or even your phone to a public Wi-Fi but in case you have no choice always make sure you are using HTTPS even for the smallest of things. Also shut down sharing options.
Every time you leave home make sure you turn off your phone’s Wi-Fi option so it does not connect automatically. Follow these tips and surf safely.