Back in the early days of the internet, “hackers” were seen as shady figures in trench-coats, who surfed the poorly-understood cyber-waves in search of mischief. A lot of movies from back in the day feature “hackers” tapping into school computers, or top-secret government files, in order to experience a bit of a thrill, seek out the truth, or do mischief.
Today, not much has changed, other than the fact that hackers are more skilled and sophisticated than ever before, and the viruses which scour the web are likewise far more complex and troublesome.
None of this is really too surprising considering the fact that the internet itself, and technology in general, are far more complex today than they ever were in the past.
All of this doe, however, mean that it’s arguably more important now than ever to be mindful of your online security.
Here are a few tips for enhancing your web security.
Use an antivirus or program which features an “encrypted keyboard” for banking and other sensitive tasks
These days, there’s nothing strange about the fact that we all do our banking online. In just the recent past, such a thing would have been unthinkable, but here we are, managing our finances from our bedrooms.
But the rise of online banking has increased the threat of financial fraud in some frightening ways.
In order to reduce the odds that your online banking details become compromised, you should seriously consider getting an antivirus program or other service or tool, that includes an “encrypted keyboard” for use in sensitive situations, such as when typing in your online banking passwords.
Kaspersky is one service well-known for its “encrypted keyboard” online banking feature, but you may as well do your own research on the best antivirus software for Windows 10 before making the purchase.
Install appropriate software on your websites
Viruses aren’t just things that affect our computers when we download programs that we shouldn’t, or are taken in by scammers claiming to be princes. Viruses also affect the platforms we use to run our websites.
If you run a website — whether it be a blog, a business venture, or anything else, you need to take steps to prevent it from being hacked.
If your site is run off WordPress and you have access to the admin controls (which you always should), Wordfence is one popular security plugin that you could use for this purpose.
Install an adblocker and do not download or open any files that you’re not certain about
This is likely pretty well-circulated advice by now, but it bears repeating. If you routinely surf somewhat shady websites, you should install an adblocker, along with a good antivirus program, to prevent your computer being infected.
You should also never download — much less install or run — any program that you’re not 100% certain about. A common tactic used by online scammers for a long time now is to “require” you to “run” a particular program in order to “view the website properly”, only to have you install malware on your computer if you comply.
Always be extremely mindful of what you click or agree to run on your computer, especially in the age of super-fast internet where we’re all used to downloading things 24/7.
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