You may not realize it, but surfing certain sites or sharing all your info on social media can get you in trouble. From the theft of your bank details to the theft of your identity, the consequences of unprotected browsing can be very serious. Here’s how to avoid the worst!
- 1 1. Use an antivirus
- 2 2. Protect yourself against identity theft
- 3 3. Complexify your passwords
- 4 4. Update your cookies
- 5 5. Use a VPN to browse anonymously
- 6 6. Disable your GPS on your phone
- 7 7. Only use HTTPS links
- 8 8. Make sure your social media accounts are private
- 9 3 bonus tips to protect your privacy online!
- 10 The HEYME protection pack
1. Use an antivirus
It is important to install anti-virus software on any computer or phone, whether or not it is connected to the internet. It’s a great way to prevent online fraud and protect your device from damage.
The antivirus also makes it possible to prevent any intrusion by a third party. This software helps you to identify the weak points of a computer/telephone and to strengthen the access points.
By installing an antivirus, the data stored on your device remains secure and inaccessible to malicious people!
2. Protect yourself against identity theft
Online identity theft is one of the most recurring problems on the web.
Hackers collect a lot of information about a person to be able to use it dishonestly. For example, as soon as a hacker steals a person’s identity, they can access their bank accounts and withdraw as much money as possible before the victim finds out!
To protect yourself, you need to be careful about what information you give out about yourself.
You must not provide this information on any website:
- Your postal code
- The first line of your address
- Your mother’s maiden name
- Your bank details
3. Complexify your passwords
To make it difficult for hackers, create original passwords for your accounts on the web.
These passwords must be optimized to be impossible to guess. So avoid including your birthday, your nickname at school or at your job, the name of your pets or any other combinations that are easy to guess.
At first glance, remembering your passwords may be difficult. Fortunately, there are other ways than storing them on your computer or phone, which is not safe.
For example, you can use password managers to secure hundreds of unique passwords just for you.
If necessary, these managers can also generate random passwords for you. Lastpass, Keepass or 1password are, among others, password management applications.
Otherwise, you can keep a small notebook in which you write down all your passwords to find them easily.
However, this means that these websites may sell these files to a third party.
You should therefore always keep some control over the storage of your cookies.
Not all cookies are inherently bad. However, it is important to change your settings slightly. Thus, you will be alerted if a cookie is automatically installed on your computer or phone.
5. Use a VPN to browse anonymously
VPNs are one of the best ways to browse anonymously online.
These networks allow Internet users to connect through another server. This connection is then encrypted by the VPN provider.
By using a VPN, it becomes extremely difficult for hackers and spammers to infiltrate to obtain data about a connected person. Even if they infiltrate, these hackers cannot read the data sent anyway since it is encrypted.
Additionally, the VPN hides the user’s IP address and gives them a different one once they reconnect to the server. In this way, a VPN can prevent sites from tracking your real IP address and therefore your location and browsing habits.
6. Disable your GPS on your phone
Most applications (especially those on social networks) use geo-location to offer their users nearby businesses.
However, this feature is not without dangers: it allows malicious people to know the places you frequent!
To avoid revealing your location, turn off your GPS. This way, you will reduce their chances of touching your security!
In the navigation bar, sites that mention HTTP or any other derivation are generally not secure.
Possibly created by a cyber criminal or hacker, this site makes it easy to read communications between the user and the website. Thus, hackers can collect sensitive data about users of such type of website.
By visiting HTTPS sites (the S stands for Secure), you are sure that you are following the basic security requirements.
To limit your sensitive data on the web, set your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat accounts to private mode.
A profile with information, photos and videos in public mode remains vulnerable to fraud, theft and invasion of privacy. For example, posting vacation photos in real time implies that your apartment is empty. There, you expose yourself to a huge risk of burglary!
Remember to change your settings to stay quiet.
3 bonus tips to protect your privacy online!
- If you use a computer that is not yours (at the café, at school, at work, etc.) log out of all your accounts to prevent hackers from hacking into them.
- Beware of spam emails. Sometimes they may contain malware links that aim to access your private information.
- Use public Wi-Fi and hotspots with caution. Indeed, these networks do not have any means of encryption to prevent the reading of the data that you communicate. If you must use public Wi-Fi, be sure to use a VPN when connecting.
The HEYME protection pack
For 4.5 € / month, HEYME offers you the Protection Pack. An effective solution against cyber-maliciousness and to deal with the risks of an active life on the Internet and on social networks.
Warranty digital life protection allows you to benefit from psychological and legal support and to take steps if you are a victim identity theft, of defamation on the web and all forms of harm to your e-reputation.
It also intervenes if you encounter a dispute following a purchase on the internet.
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