Mostly, people do daily online interactions more than traditional websites do. Which does not mean that the basic internet safety rules have changed. Hackers are still on the lookout for personal information they can use to access your credit card and bank information.
Unsafe surfing can also lead to other threats from embarrassing personal comments or images that, once online, are nearly impossible to erase, to getting mixed up with people you’d rather have had nothing to do with.
Keep Personal Information Professional and Limited:
Customers don’t need to know your personal relationship status or your home address. They do need to know about your expertise and professional background, and how to get in touch with you. You wouldn’t hand purely personal information out to strangers individually—don’t hand it out to millions of people online.
Make Sure Your Internet Connection is Secure:
When you go online in a public place, for example by using a public Wi-Fi connection, then corporate cybersecurity experts worry about “endpoints”— the places where a private network connects to the outside world. Your vulnerable endpoint is your local Internet connection. Make sure your device is secure, and when in doubt, wait for a better time (i.e., until you’re able to connect to a secure Wi-Fi network) before providing information such as your bank account number.
Choose Strong Password:
Passwords are one of the biggest weak spots in the whole Internet security structure, but there’s currently no way around them. And the problem with passwords is that people tend to choose easy ones to remember (such as “password” and “123456″), which are also easy for cyber thieves to guess. Select strong passwords that are harder for cybercriminals to demystify. Password manager software can help you to manage multiple passwords so that you don’t forget them.
Make Online Purchase from Secure Sites:
At any time, if you make an online purchase, you need to provide credit card or bank account information just what cybercriminals are most eager to get their hands on. Only supply this information to sites that provide secure, encrypted connections, like HTTPS, but not HTTP.
Face to Face Meeting:
- Where possible, meet face to face to see the item and exchange payment.
- When meeting a stranger, always ensure there is someone else with you or meet in a public place.
- Don’t take large amounts of cash with you when meeting someone you don’t know.