Online security 3 tips to keep you as safe as possible when on the internet

Because the illegal hackers, frauds and data miners are not resting on their oars to see they get hold of your sensitive information.

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Cybercriminals are on the grind daily to steal from you.

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As a user of the internet, you may have encountered what you might term many ‘near death’ experiences of your system being compromised.

This may have happened when you click on a dubious link knowingly or unknowingly that takes you to some strange site.

Fortunately or unfortunately you may be a victim of internet fraudsters looking to steal valuable personal data about you.

In order to avoid this, it would be wise to take these three practical steps for some added protection.

Use of VPN

The term VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. With this you can access a public network from a remote location and be safe, because VPN encrypts your data so that peradventure hackers get in , they still would not be able to decode your data.

It helps to hide the user’s real location by sealing off you and IP address which is replaced by the VPN provider’s. Check out reviews of reliable VPN tools online.

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Password managers

This helps to a great extent to not only protect your passwords from being hacked but also helps store a large pool of various passwords users might be using across various networks.

play Using a password manager takes away from us the responsibility of complicated password rules to consider and multiple login details to remember (KnowTechie)

 

And even if these managers get breached, you are almost always surely safer because they have measures in place to inform you in good time that your login details may have been exposed so that you can change them right away. Password managers like LastPass, 1Password and Dashlane are good places to start.

Simply avoid risky websites

Now we know you guys love your series and all, and are always looking for the next 'cool' website that offers you the chance to download your favorite series and movies among other content, but such sites are laden with malware, spyware and all the ‘wares’ you can imagine.

A safer alternative would be to access desired content of some of these otherwise unavailable sites such as Hulu, Spotify  Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Netflix etc  via a VPN so that you appear to be in a permitted location.

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