Tips for Safe Internet Surfing
Surfing the Internet is already an action that we routinely do, almost without realizing it. We visit pages, buy, play games, watch movies everything. However, we do not have to let the custom make us relax too much. We must remember that we are connected to a network with millions more people, and not all with good intentions. That is why it is important to never forget certain aspects of our safety while sailing.
Check your address bar
Whenever you navigate, keep in mind the address bar of your browser. A tool can help you know the level of security. If a small padlock with the word “Safe” appears, it is ideal. When that security cannot be guaranteed and we see an exclamation mark, we must be alert. It does not necessarily mean that we are on a dangerous page, but it may be a first clue.
Controls information crawls
As much as or more than viruses, information crawls can be serious practices that affect our privacy. Therefore, it is ideal to have downloaded some program or extension of the style of Hostelry. This program detects which pages perform information crawls and which do not. This way, you can make selection of the type of sites that you prefer to visit.
If we use Firefox, this browser already has an integrated feature called No Crawl. This does not prevent, as in the case of Hostelry, that they actually perform the tracing. Of course, send a message to the pages where it makes clear that you disagree with those practices. In some cases, companies do respect the request and fail to do so.
Do not click on the advertising banners
It is true that many times they make it quite difficult, because they hide the buttons to close the window, or are banners that chase us. Either way, do not click: in 90% of cases, you will be taken to pages of doubtful security and content. Even if you really want to marry a Russian woman, use other means and do not endanger your equipment.
Do not repeat passwords
Social networks, different mail accounts, banks and a thousand more. However, do not give in to laziness, and especially in tools like PayPal or the bank, use specific passwords that have nothing to do with the ones you generally use. Repeating too many passwords multiplies the potential damage that a hacker can only get into one of our accounts: the first thing he will do is try the same account for the rest of our social networks or associated accounts.
Use private session on public computers
Libraries, chat rooms or simply friends’ houses, do not forget to always use a private session. These sessions are characterized by not keeping the names and passwords of the places we visit , in addition to erase our visits from the history. Still, be sure to close your mail session, Facebook or whatever you’ve been looking at.
Always buy or download official pages
When it comes to online shopping, it is easy to be drawn to cheap product offerings. But, usually, the bargain hides the trap. For example, if you want a Ray Ban glasses, look for the official website of the brand or other official glasses selling pages. For these cases, checking the address bar of the browser can be of great help (first tip).