*Nine Security Tips For Holiday Online Protection

By Declan Dunn, TechViews.org   …..

Over the past few years we have seen dramatic increases in online scams and frauds. Today, most Internet users are unaware of the prevailing online threats which pose a real challenge for their safe Internet usage. As a result, security has become a questionable factor for the most Internet users.

And during this holiday season it is particularly important that you protect yourself. This is the time of year when scammers operate almost 24/7 trying to take advantage of users in the holiday spirit of generosity and open heartedness.

A study shows that over 91 percent of the Internet users don’t practice the basic principles for online protection. If you are one among those 91 percent, then this article is just for you!

Following is a list of 9 simple Internet security tips to maximize your online protection. While most of us already know about these procedures, in a rush we often fail to follow these simple procedures.

  1. Always install a good antivirus software and keep it up-to-date. Also install a good anti-spyware to keep spyware away from your computer.
  2. Try to visit only known and trusted websites. If you are about to visit an unfamiliar website, ensure that you do not click on random links and banners that may open a virus or malware on your computer.
  3. Perform a virus scan on the files/email attachments that you download before executing them.
  4. Regularly update your operating system and browser software. For a better security, it is recommended that you surf the Internet only through the latest version of your browser program.
  5. Never share your personal password (email, bank logins etc.) with anyone. Choose a strong password (A blend of alphanumeric + special symbols) and change it regularly, every 3 months if possible. And don’t use easy-to-guess passwords. (ex. pet’s name or kid’s name).
  6. Before you enter your password on any login page, ensure that you see https instead of http in your browser’s address bar.  HTTPS protocol implements SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and provides better security than a normal HTTP.
  7. Beware of phishing emails! Do not respond to any email that requests you to update your login details by clicking on a link in the body of the email. Such links can lead to Fake Login Pages (Spoofed Pages).
  8. Always hit the logout button to close your login session rather than abruptly terminating the browser window. Also, clear your web browser caches every few sessions to remove the temporary files stored in the memory and hard disk of your PC.
  9. Avoid (Stop) using any public computers or computers in the Internet cafes, coffee shops, or hotels and restaurants. Unless you are using a secure VPN, you are in danger of giving away access to your sensitive/confidential information. And avoid such computers to log in to your email/bank accounts. On a public computer, there is every chance of spyware and malware infections to be present.

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