Although packet switched networks have been in use since around 1960, it was not until the late 1980s that the internet was made available to the public for business purposes. The Internet has grown from 0.5 million e-mail users (in 1990) to a system connecting networks around the world. Today, it is used for research, commerce, payments, movie broadcasts, music and practically everything you can imagine.
The Internet is a global source of information and communication. However, its growth led to the creation of a huge network of hackers, created the Dark Web and led to numerous cyber attacks on itself, governments, businesses and private consumers.
More and more threats in the digital world
Cyber Security has become so important that even national governments, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, are looking for better ways to catch cybercriminals.
In 2016, 15.4 million US users were victims of data theft, an increase of 16 percent on the previous year. That is why, every year in June, security researchers feel obliged to remind consumers of what must be observed when they are online, thus avoiding many dangers. Since June is the month of Internet security, it is worth remembering that online activities have consequences.
How to stay safe while browsing the web?
Let's think about safety and let's take a look at some important tips together to help you avoid unpleasant consequences on the web:
Avoid weak passwords at all costs. Make sure they are strong and complex, contain both upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation marks. Keep a unique password for each account and never use the same password for multiple accounts.
2. web browsers are an excellent source of fraud, spyware and phishing attempts, but they are also a helpful tool for advertisers following your business. Make sure they are updated and you are using the latest version. Never click on suspicious pop-ups and check that all available pages are https, which means that they are secured with SSL / TLS encryption.
3. online shopping? Beware of duplicate websites, as hackers may try man-in-the-middle attacks to intercept communication and steal financial data. Credit card theft and fraud are on the increase, so be sure to be safe when making online payments. Once again make sure that the payment is made through an encrypted https website.
4. e-mails. Carefully review any e-mails, links and attachments sent from unknown sources or on behalf of a bank, university or a Nigerian prince in difficulty. Do not click on any links, do not download attachments, or provide personal information, as it may later be used for online scams.
We constantly emphasize the importance of current updates of all programs, operating system, applications, add-ons and web browsers. If you don't keep up to date, you'll be vulnerable to attacks.
Every time you want to download the application to your computer or mobile device, check if you are dealing with an official distributor, because otherwise you can end up with malicious software on your device.
7. remember that your online behaviour cannot be removed, so you should be concerned about protecting your digital footprint and being attentive to the content you are viewing. It is important to develop natural instincts in order to be able to fight fraudsters and keep your data safe and private.
8. how much do you want to be online? In some countries, wireless services are available in cafes, restaurants, clubs and airports, and sometimes you can even find free Internet access on the street. The fact that it is free of charge does not mean that it is worth using without thinking. Hackers are only waiting to intercept passwords, personal information or credit card details.
Do you already know how to stay safe online? Remember to always keep an eye on the Internet. Any unconsidered traffic can lead to serious threats to your data and devices. Remember these tips and follow them every day. In order to be able to use the Internet without fear, consider providing an effective antivirus program that will not adversely affect the daily use of your device.
Be safe because you deserve it.