6 habits that will keep you safe on the Internet

Internet is changing the way every other individual approaches the world. From checking Facebook wall 24x7 in your mobile to using Maps for navigating in a foreign land, internet is everywhere. But while surfing the net you should keep these 5 things in mind to remain safe.

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#1

Often user don't know whether the post they are sharing on Facebook are shared publicly or just within their friend circle. Just in case you have tinkered with your FB settings before then do check whether the shared posts are set to Only Friends or Friends of Friends. Well, the obvious reason behind this is that your posts may contain some vital information including the photo of your home (making it prone to burglary), places your son/daughter visits frequently (making them prone to kidnapping) and what not!

#2

It always better divide your resources into a few bank accounts. Well, the same philosophy applies in the world of internet world. So it is recommended to make separate email addresses which you can use for different purposes. For example, it's always better to have an email address for all your vital account and another less used one for signing into new sites which require sign up procedure to view content. Often than not these sites spam your mail box with unnecessary notifications which you could easily do without.

#3

One needs to be careful while surfing internet from a public computer especially in cyber cafes. While surfing the net users leave traces of their search history on the computer which can be misused any time. Apart from that the computer also contains details of your various accounts like emails, e-commerce sites, social media etc. Hence it is recommended to always use Incognito Mode (Chrome)/In-Private Windows (Microsoft Edge) for browsing in such environments.

#4

With piracy at its peak, the users are downloading files over torrent like never before. While it doesn't mean that all torrents contain malware, it's definitely true that some do. Always download torrent from trusted sources like Torrentz, Torbox etc. These sites will redirect you to other torrent hosting platforms. It is recommended to download the torrents from site which has a comments section. This will allow you to know the feedback of other fellow users before downloading it.

#5

Very often software which you download for free come with popular add-ons which you might not want to install on your PC. Apparently the developers who are providing you the free software are earning their share of money by pushing other lesser known softwares onto your PC - in short this is called affiliate marketing. So while installing the popular software you downloaded, don't just blinding keep clicking on next. The boxes for downloading the additional bloatware is already checked, so you need to uncheck it if you don't want it to clog your PC.

#6

With users going gaga over e-commerce, many portals have cropped up across the country. So always check whether or not the site comes ‘https' at the beginning of the URL in the top bar of your browser. In case it doesn't and comes with just ‘http' then it is recommended to avoid paying online at such a portal. It worth noting that the ‘s' stand for secure!

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