There is no doubt that internet offers many advantages to people across the globe but still it is not free from vulnerabilities. When users go online then they may encounter a threat. A common threat can either be a virus or spyware. “A virus is a software program that reproduces itself and causes great harm to files or programs of an operating system of a user”. “Spyware is computer software that is used by hackers to access personal information of a particular user”.
Although, internet is not secure from threats but still internet users can guarantee their internet security if they follow following things:
1. Turn on the Firewall: It will limit the exposure of a computer or computer network to get attacked from crackers (programmers who gain unauthorized access to computers).
2. Install Anti-Virus Software: Such software will help users to check their computers for viruses and their spread on their computers. If anti-virus software identifies any virus or its spread on user’s computer; then, it will help user to get rid of that virus or its spread from his/her computer.
3. Disable Active Scripting: You can disable active scripting if you are using Internet Explorer as your browser to get protected from malicious websites.
In “Windows XP”, you can do this by going to “Control Panel”; then, you should open the category “Internet Options”, click on the “Security” tab, in the “Web content zone” click on the option labeled “Internet”. In the security level for this zone click on the button labeled “Custom Level”. It will open “Security Settings” options. By scrolling down, you will reach “Scripting” section; in it you should select “Disable” option under “Active Script” header.
4. Watch Out for Phishing Emails: Phishing emails are those that look like they are from businesses you trust and may ask you to share your personal information. Remember, no authentic website will ask you to share your personal information through an email. Therefore, you should have good sense to judge between phishing emails and trusted emails.
5. Block Third-Party Cookies: If you block Third-party Cookies; then, your surfing becomes more secure.
If you are using “Windows XP”; then go to “Control Panel”; then, you should open the category “Internet Options” and click on the “Privacy” tab, in “Settings” highlighted in blue color select the button labeled ”Advanced”, then tick “Override automatic cookie handling” and select the option “Block” for “Third-party Cookies”.
6. Ensure Internet Security On Your Cell Phone: If you are using internet on your cell phone; then, you should keep checking it to make sure no unauthorized software is added on your device. Sometimes, online users are asked to update software application that they don’t remember installing. If this is the case; then, it means your device is infected with that software application and you should delete it immediately.
7. Use Strong Passwords for Your Data Security: You should use strong and different passwords for each of your account on the internet if you don’t want your data to get hacked. Moreover, it is also a wise act to update your passwords regularly and keeping those passwords in a secret place that is not easily visible to others. A strong password is one that is long and contains numbers, letters and symbols together.
I hope that doing these things will help you resolve your problems concerning internet security.