Internet security has, since the founding of the internet, been a very crucial subject to experts and regular online users. If you are browsing the internet today, either from your personal home computer or a public computer like in the café, you would want to be very certain that your transaction is protected to a reasonable degree. It’s just normal that we crave every opportunity to see ourselves secure online. But the unfortunate side of it is that many online users know very little when it comes to internet security.
In my blog post today, I’ll be sharing some very important points you and I should know about internet security. These tips will go a long way to help us stay safe when we browse the internet.
Clearing Your Cache is Different from Erasing Online History
Sometimes, it saddens me when I see people substitute removal of browser cache for erasing online history. Online history might be stored in any format and on anywhere, it might be in the computer you used to access the internet, or on the website you visited last.
Generally, what clearing your cache does for you is help you erase all the web pages that are stored on your computer, thus make browsing faster and also help your browser load any new features of the webpage you’re visiting with ease.
Since you’ve now understood that clearing your cache might not remove all the history of what you’ve done online (like posting your password on forums, posts of yourself on social media etc.), you can do the following to avoid fooling yourself:
Don’t post what you are not certain of on the internet (even if you succeed in removing it from that webpage, Google bots might have captured it and make it remain permanent on the web.)
Firewall is not a Substitute for Antivirus
Many computer users can quickly come of the opinion that once they’ve enabled their firewall, their system is completely safe from viruses. Your firewall only prevents eavesdropping, by not making it possible for other computers on the same network as yours to see your online transactions, and so can’t possibly prevent viruses from getting into your computer.
If your computer does not yet have an antivirus program, you should install one on it now and perform a full system scan so that the viruses on it can be detected and removed.
While it’s important to have your system firewall enabled, you should not neglect installing an antivirus program on your computer.
Also, to strengthen the security measures you use on your personal computer, using a monitoring program on it would be a sure bet. Norton 360 and Norton Antivirus premium versions will work well along side each other.
While the two programs might not be free, looking up “Norton 360 coupon” or “Norton Antivirus Discount” will help you arrive at a cheaper offer by applying discount and coupons where applicable.
Keeping your password secret is safer than using a stronger one
While this might sound confusing to some people, it’s quite simple and straight forward. If you can’t keep your password a secret, there is no use in using a very strong one. If your password is the strongest one the computing era has ever known of, if you can’t keep it a secret, it will only take a simple task to hijack your account from you.
If you are going to use a strong password, to make the effort you invested in getting a strong password worthwhile, make sure you don’t share that password with anybody.