Every day, more and more people of all ages are taking to the internet. It’s an incredibly useful source for information, entertainment, and more – it’s no wonder people are flocking to it in hordes.
There are many real dangers present on the web, but most are avoidable if you know where to look and know how to protect yourself from them.
- Going on a trip? Don’t tell Facebook – or rather, any social media. No matter how much you trust your friends, you never know who could see it and might take advantage of an empty home or apartment.
- Find an offer that is too good to be true? It probably is. If you ever get an offer for a free vacation, wild amount of cash, or the newest tech device, sorry, it’s probably not the real deal. Pop up ads are fairly common and mostly harmless – so long as you ignore them and close them out. Most website browsers have built-in pop-up blockers, but a few will get through.
- On several sites that require passwords to get in? Try not to have all of your accounts under the same password. If you have trouble keeping track of all of these passwords, most devices have a secure way of signing you in automatically without you having to retype the password every time you open up the app or website.
- Going online shopping? Use reputable sites. This is pretty self explanatory. You don’t want to be giving out your credit card number to any store. Be careful about who you give your payment information to.
- Filling out a form? Again, unless it’s a verified website, you’ll want to be extremely cautious about the information you give out online. If any website or form asks for information like a social security number or something of that nature, think twice before you decide to fill it out.
- Don’t know the person who just emailed/added you? Go ahead and delete the email or ignore the request. You're better off safe than sorry. Definitely don’t click any links from an unknown email – it’s most likely scam and may put a virus on your computer device.
- Don’t want strangers to see what you’re posting? Every social media platform should have several options for your privacy settings, so the only people seeing what you post are the people you want seeing your posts. These privacy settings are there for you to feel comfortable while using the site.
Keeping these tips in mind, you should be ready to take on what the internet has to offer. It may seem scary, but once you’re educated on the best practices, going online will cause little worry.