Basic Internet Security

Basic Internet Security

Hello, Netizens!

Today we will look at a few handy security tips, nine of them to be precise, that might save you some issues later on in your cyber life.

  1. Use password/security pattern. Seems like an obvious one but you might be surprised at the number of netizens who don’t use one for their devices.
  2. Don’t use removable media you are not sure of. Sure curiosity killed a cat – never mind whats on that flash drive so don’t plug it into your device.
  3. Who’s that friend request from? Cyber criminals often create fake profiles to befriend you. The ultimate goal is to get you to leak confidential data to them (either about you or the company you work for). Be careful of the friend requests you accept. And they build a fake network using you as references that you know them.
  4. Protect your passwords/pin. Never at any stage or anywhere should anyone ask for your password/pin. Never.
  5. Use antivirus. Who is saying I use UNIX like OS, I heard you? Do a bit of research and choose an antivirus you trust. Paid is usually the way to go.
  6. Use 2-FA if available. It is usually where-by you receive authentication codes via sms etc whenever you access a service, e.g. banking services, account. It’s two factor authentication (2-FA).
  7. Lock it up. Never leave your laptop/smartphone/tablet/(desk… what) unlocked while you’re away (look at those guys, they supporting me on this one). Not for those guy’s reasons but you never know who may bug you.
  8. Use https. Especially when doing financial transactions from your browser look out for that padlock image which means your internet traffic is not easily read by a third party. Check if a website address starts with https. If a website doesn’t start with https, don’t give them confidential info (bank card details, PIN, address, etc.).
  9. Be diligent, type in your website address. There is a type of phishing called click jacking where-by users are presented with familiar looking links yet the links take them to a phishing site. For example for your bank ( you get a fake email with a link to and the fake site looks like your bank’s site (it’s not ‘…a.m.e’ but ‘a.r.n.e’ there ). The rest is for your imagination.

Pleasant surfing! Team – Tech @ IT’s Best


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