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7 Must-Develop Net Surfing Habits

by: Tesa Mari S. Sabao | 15 Jan, 2011 19:47:34

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The availability of internet opened unlimited convenience at work, entertainment, and everything in between. However, this convenience is often misused exposing your computer stability, identity, as well as your financial data to cyber criminals. To keep you away from net threats, the following are some recommended net surfing routines:

1. Setting up your privacy settings. Take time in configuring your privacy settings. Even if you’re the sole user of your computer, it is always best to never expose your net surfing history. Aside from your browsing security, you should take into consideration the privacy settings of your email and social networking accounts as you may be exposing some relevant info’s needed in accessing your financial accounts.

2. Checking out your sent box. Once the big-headed criminals don’t find any useful info from your mailbox, they’ll try to victimize your contacts using your email. To prevent this from happening, you should always check your sent box for possible suspicious emails. If ever you’ve found one, inform your contacts about the incident so they’ll be warned.

3. Clearing out internet history, cookies, and caches. When you’re done surfing the net, always clear out your browsing history. As I’ve said earlier, it’s best not to expose it to anyone. Not all who can access it won’t have the intent of opening your online accounts.

4. Signing out. Do you properly sign out from your email and social networking accounts every time you’re done surfing? If you’re one of those many who just click the “X” button, think twice.  What happens when someone uses your computer and opens the site you’ve visited? He or she could certainly access your account.

5. Changing log-in passwords. For maximum security measure, experts recommend to change passwords constantly. There’s no recommended period. But if you could change password weekly or daily as long as you can remember them, go on.

6. Scanning computer for malwares and viruses. Check your computer daily for possible virus and malwares especially if it is connected to internet. Moreover, make sure your anti- virus software is updated.

7. Deleting emails with confidential information. Nowadays, important documents and data are also sent through emails. Thus, it’s not surprising why cyber criminals are taking effort in accessing email accounts.

With the technology these days and the availability of learning materials in hacking to almost anyone, you should always expect the unexpected. Don’t give criminals the chance of gaining confidential information, which they could use against you.


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