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The Internet is a crazy place. It has almost most of the information you'll ever need and more. But that doesn't mean it's an all pros and no cons affair.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you must've been reading about the ever-growing cyber attacks every alternate day on the internet. But, is there anything you can do about it?
Well, the answer is yes. Just simply follow these simple tips to secure your online activity to a good extent.
Try to use a strong password
Using a strong password for your online accounts is a good place to start at. When we say strong, it doesn't necessarily has to be something very difficult for you to remember. Try using passwords with phrases that are significant to you. For instance "eating a banana is the first thing I'd do in the morning when I was 10" is your phrase, your password could be something like "eabitftiditmwiw10".
Obviously, you don't have to use the above password, but something similar, something more significant to you.
Use two-factor authorisation
Using a strong password which is not easily guessable can secure your online accounts, for the most part, you can further opt for two-factor authorization to up the security to a next level.
Instead of just entering the username and password, if two-factor authorization is activated, you'd have to draw a unique pattern or make use of OTPs (One Time Password) along with the password. What this essentially means is that, if a hacker somehow gets hold of your credentials, he or she would still need that unique pattern or the OTP to get access to your account.
Secure your online shopping
For the lazy/busy human beings we are, we like to shop online rather than visiting a brick and mortar store to purchase goods. While this saves a lot of time and effort besides offering a large collection of goods we wouldn't get otherwise, online shopping can prove out to be a disaster if proper care is not taken when paying the bills.
Cyber criminals are spying with their eyes wide open to get whatever information then can from online shopping websites. So, whenever you're purchasing a product from the online store make sure that the website is secure and encrypted. You can check this by looking for the "https" prefix on the website's URL.
Protect your email from getting hacked
Of late, the way we communicate with people has changed largely, thanks to the IM apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and more. But still, a good number of people rely on email to communicate.
So, try not to download any attachments from the emails you've received from unknown sources for they may install harmful programs on your computer thereby making it vulnerable.
Update your computer regularly
Make sure that the software on your computer is up to date. Most of the updates pushed by your computer's manufacturer bring along vulnerability patches that'll make it difficult for hackers to get access to your computer. So, keeping up to date with software is definitely a good idea if you're planning to stay away from cyber attacks.