We are all connected to the Internet and probably have some online routines: we all check our business emails and social media accounts in the morning. We think these daily routines are healthy and harmless. However, some online activities can adversely affect our entire life, while others can only be dangerous in one way: Online security!
Downloading applications immediately
Sometimes we’re so impressed with the variety of apps that we can download that we forget to see what’s behind the “I Agree” button. The underlying problem here is that we ignore the fact that many of the permits we give will cause serious harm to us. With these permissions, applications can delete important meetings from the calendar, secretly capture videos or photos at any time, or access our address book.
Getting away from the computer
While working on the computer, we may need to leave for a break or a short call. While you are aware, malicious people can use your computer and steal your sensitive information. Remember to lock your computer and set it to require a password so you can turn it back on. Create a strong password and make it a best practice to press Win+L (Windows) or Ctrl+Shift+Eject (Mac) when you leave your desk, no matter how long.
Ignoring OS and software updates
Both researchers and developers are continually investigating popular practices for vulnerabilities. Don’t ignore update notifications. Failure to update may put your system at risk. Most vulnerabilities can be exploited after they show up. Install updates instead, so your system becomes much more secure.
Doing multiple tasks at a time
People who do multiple tasks at the same time tend to pay less attention to what they click and download. Because they are more likely to be tricked by phishing websites and download malicious software that is masked as a legitimate program, it will be easy to become easy targets. We recommend that you focus on a single task or a web page.
Clicking a link because the title sounds interesting
Most of the time, websites call the attention of the internet users with exciting titles. Click baiting has an essential role for most of the websites. Such sites can be malicious. We recommend that you avoid web pages with such content or use a reliable security solution.
Registering with social media credentials
Using a social media account for signing in to other websites can provide quick access. This feature can be used for both logging to a website or an application. However, this option may make it easier for cybercriminals to access your pages.
Avoiding to use an anti-malware application
Most of the users don’t pay attention to security that much. Windows 10 comes with a handy protection software: Windows Security. It should be enabled, otherwise, your Windows is not protected which may lead malware infections. If your operating system does not have an installed anti-malware application by default, there are products on the market.