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Create smart and strong passwords

A common mistake made by users when it comes to online safety is creating passwords that are too easy to crack by online hackers. Your password should contain 6 characters, numbers and capital letters for example: M12d7hen23. Random; but hard to crack. Its the best way to stay safe online.

Secondly, user passwords should not contain names, date of birth, significant dates etc. which can be guessed by people close to you. Another common mistake is that users have the same password for every account they hold, such as social media handles, online banking details and many more. Passwords need to vary because if one hacker can crack one password, they can access other accounts too.

Instant Messaging

There are many risks when instant messaging when it comes to privacy and confidentiality. It’s important that users don’t give out personal or confidential information about themselves, the reason for this is because hackers can use this information to commit fraud or other criminal activities. Secondly, it’s difficult to verify if the person on the other side is who they say they are. Users should never give out confidential data through social media or any online platform. Users should block strangers to avoid communication and lastly never click on links or download files as it could lead to more security risks.

Phishing Scams

Emails that replicate financial institutions, e-commerce sites and other websites can be harmful. To identify a phishing email, it usually contains information that will urge users to react quickly by giving out personal information for example ‘Your account has been compromised’. Phishing attacks collect information through emails and try to infect your machine with viruses. Stay stafe online. Users need to ensure they don’t give out any personal or financial information and contact the company directly to ensure their security.

Security and Online Gaming

Downloading content online has the potential to be harmful to a user’s computer as you could unknowingly be installing an antivirus. Communicating with anonymous individuals, sharing confidential and personal information on gaming platforms can also have many security consequences. Online gaming could lead to addiction especially for young children. Be sure to stay safe online by reducing the hours spent on online games and not to give out personal or confidential information. Lastly, avoid downloading files as it could potentially install a virus.

Shopping Online

Users can often be unaware that they are making payments via unsecured web pages, this can result in security violations such as fraud payments. Secondly, making purchases via fake websites that fail to match up to the legal requirements required for quality goods and services can leads to disappointment and multiple safety issues. Be sure to stay safe. For safe online shopping users should attempt to ensure that the webpage domain starts with ‘https://’ as the ‘s’ stands for secure. Some websites direct users to external payment services, so be sure to cross check before making any payments. Lastly, users also need to avoid making payment through unsecured Wi-Fi connection.

Stay Safe Online Everyday

TechQuarters recommendations for precautionary steps to online safety, hope this information was helpful and be sure to stay safe online. For information regarding internet security , have a read of our latest blog on backup service.

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