The Internet is a great resource for finding news information, connecting with old friends, and keeping up with your favorite sports. It is also a place where criminals are constantly on the prowl for new victims. Most people do not realize how important Internet vulnerability is because they have never been the victim of an Internet crime. It is always best to take preemptive measures on the Internet when it comes to your privacy. That is why it is important to understand the biggest security mistakes you are making when you go online.
Not Changing Your Passwords Regularly
If you want to immediately raise your level of Internet security, then change all of your passwords at least once a month. Does that mean that you should just keep this big list of websites where you have accounts and go there every month and change the passwords? Yes, that is exactly what it means.
When you change your passwords regularly, then hackers are more likely to have old and useless information. Ideally, you want to change your passwords once a week. If you cannot change all of your passwords every week, then at least change the important ones such as your bank and credit card account passwords.
Not Paying Attention to Downloads
Believe it or not, one of the biggest points of Internet vulnerability for the average user is apathy. When you download a file, do you pay attention to everything you are agreeing to? How many times have you downloaded a file, restarted your machine, and saw a brand new toolbar on your browser? It happens a lot because companies will try to put extras into your downloads that you do not want.
Some of these extra downloads create serious problems for your browser and your anti-virus programs. As you download files from the Internet, pay close attention to what you are downloading and only agree to features that you actually need.
Surfing Without Anti-Virus Software
The best way to protect your privacy online is to always have anti-virus software running when you browse the Internet. Inexperienced computer users will sometimes assume that their new computer comes with anti-virus software, or that the software automatically runs indefinitely. Not all computers come with anti-virus software and most that do have anti-virus software include a trial version that runs anywhere from one to 12 months. Once the trial period is over, the anti-virus program is no longer protecting your computer.
You should always have anti-virus software running on your computer whenever you are online, and you should also set your anti-virus program to automatically update on a regular basis. Updated anti-virus software can do a great deal to protect your personal information while you are on the Internet.
Clicking On Pop-Up Ads
How many times have you been surfing the Internet and had a pop-up window tell you that your computer needs better anti-virus software? Pop-up advertising is used by some legitimate businesses on their websites, but many pop-ups lead to viruses and other issues. If you have a window pop-up on your computer asking you to click it to buy something or improve the performance of your computer, just close the window and avoid the potential problems it can bring.
Whenever you go online, your computer is at risk. By taking the right security measures, you can counteract almost any kind of Internet threat that is out there. But if you keep making those Internet mistakes, then you will come to regret it.