Internet Safety: How Secure are We Online?

The Internet has changed the world in many ways. Items can be bought online from companies that are on the other side of the planet. Internet auction sites, such as EBay and Amazon, has led to many people generating vast fortunes by running a business in the comfort of their own home. The Internet makes communicating much easier. Before the advent of the Internet, the only way to keep in touch with loved ones was by phone or sending a letter. Thanks to Skype, video conversations can be held in real time.

Concerns have been raised about how safe people are when surfing online. As children now have access to the Internet, which largely happens unaccompanied, many parents are understandably worried about their safety. Adults are also anxious about how safe they are online, such as when transferring money between bank accounts.

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Here’s how we reckon online security can be improved:

Install anti-virus software

There are many anti-virus software programs available. Along with Norton and Kaspersky, AVG is also a popular anti-virus software program. By installing either of them on a computer or a laptop, security will be improved. Stopping viruses or worms of any kind from accessing a computer, no information will be stolen. As soon as a virus has been detected, an anti-virus program stops it from causing any damage.

By installing an anti-virus software program, online banking is secure. When a business prefers online banking rather than visiting a high street bank, their details won’t be accessed because an anti-virus program protects them.

Protect children

Children can be protected online by setting safety measures. Although children should be supervised when surfing online, parents might not always be able to do so. Google, as well as other search engines, enable parents to filter results. Explicit websites are filtered so that children are prevented from accessing adult material. Even when children search for explicit information on Google, they won’t be able to. As it only takes a couple of seconds to instruct Google to filter search results, it is a convenient option.

Change a password regularly

A password for an email account should be changed regularly. When the same password is used for several weeks, hackers can access it. The personal information that is on an email account can be used by hackers and then sold to criminals. A password should be unique and difficult to crack. By using a complex password, hackers will never guess it, especially when it contains both numbers and letters.

Watch out for phishing campaigns

Everybody receives emails that are obviously sent by spammers. However, some spam emails look very genuine. When it is clicked on, a virus can start to download. Many people even enter their personal details when instructed to. Phishing campaigns such as these must be ignored at all costs. Even if an email has been sent by a contact but looks like it is a suspected phishing campaign, delete it and set it as ‘junk’.

This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84