Tricks on how to stay safe on the internet

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In this generation we are in currently, we have grown up with the internet and it is a part of us.

Some of us even grew up with rules restricting them from accessing it, some were able to access it but with limited privileges and some of us grew up without knowing what it is till we got old enough and knew that such things exist. But either way, we have now at this age accessed it and known how to use it and also known what is good for us and what is not.

The internet is a global interconnection of computers that use Internet Protocol (IP) to link devices worldwide. This internet was developed to be able to bridge the gap us. It doesn’t matter what country you come from but you can still access and talk to anyone you want anywhere.

As we all know the internet has its good and bad side. The good side is that it has helped us connect with the rest of the world, it is also a place where people share their ideas and thoughts through articles, groups on chatting apps. The bad side is that it has allowed the malicious hacker get the privilege to know our confidential information or details about our private lives and use it to their advantage. These same confidential information are the details we have to fill in to be able to access that application or website that we want. It can be your date of birth, credit card number, phone number, email address, ID number etc. When visiting these applications and websites we tend to mostly forget and check the security measures the person or company has put in place to secure your data.

Such things as the end user should always be your first priority because when you never know who is after that little detail you put out there. Because of this I have come up with ways to help us as the end user make sure that the sites or applications we use are secure. I always say even the basic security measure the developer or the company has put in place shows a lot of effort.

Tips:

1. NEVER visit a site you don’t trust.

2. Most sites will have the “green padlock” or the URL will always start with https. If it doesn’t have then proceed with caution unless the site is trusted

3. Be cautious of what you post on these social media sites. Always remember this the internet never forgets.

4. Don’t believe and trust everyone you have met on social media you never know their true intentions.

5. Never open links, emails that you do not know where they are from.

6. You can install security protection that comes with browsers nowadays where they block you from visiting certain sites.

These are just some of the tips you can use. But I would like to finish off by saying:

Security starts with you, not with the company or the developer but you

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