The Top Ways to Protect Yourself When You Enjoy the Internet

February 29/2016

The Top Ways to Protect Yourself When You Enjoy the InternetOnline security is much more important than you might think. The internet is glorious and provides you access to information across the globe. The down side is that while you are connected, others across the globe can also see you if they know where to look. Internet hackers can log into your personal conversations and steal your account information which could lead to identity or money theft. Photos can be stolen from social sites and used to fuel illegal websites or activities and on top of that, you could get charged for downloading something that you never even knew was illegal. 

Stay safe from hackers

Hackers will send out thousands of emails in which they create links that seem completely similar to popular bank URLs and online store URLs but once you logged into these links, they can copy your username and password and log into your account to steal your money or confidential information. Some hackers can even access your entire computer browsing history and activities from a simple IP address. The best way to stay safe from hackers is to get the help of a top VPN service like ExpressVPN, IPVanish or VyprVPN. These VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) create a secure tunnel on the internet that helps shield your IP address and personal details from the wide world out there so no one can notice you when you are surfing the net, downloading, doing file sharing or enjoying social media sites.

Watch out for insecure apps

Some apps can seem completely innocent but can be used to get a hold of your phone ID and track your location and online activities which could also lead to a hack of your identity or accounts. 

Steer clear of online quizzes

These quizzes are fun, but you should avoid quizzes that ask about true identity and account information. Even an email can be terrible for your online security if it lands in the wrong hands.

Stay safe from free Wi-Fi connections

Free Wi-Fi networks are terribly dangerous because those who share the connection with you can see what you are doing from the URLs you visit, downloads you make and the people you communicate with. You should always use a VPN when connecting to a Wi-Fi network so your IP address and online activities will be encrypted and basically invisible to the public. Some of the best VPNs that you can trust for a secure network are HideMyAss, PureVPN, Overpay and StrongVPN.  

Be wary of your photos

Your social media photos should be set on private and be for the eyes of ‘friends’ only. If you allow your photos to be accessible to the public your identity could get stolen, which could lead to the hacking of all your friend’s personal accounts when they receive fake invites form a fake profile. Your children’s photos could be used on illegal sites. It is best to avoid posting all socially awkward, nudity and suspicious looking photos or your photo could go viral and be misused.

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