Just as in real-life there are people in the online world who don’t have your welfare in mind. It’s not about the bothersome neighbor whose music is disturbing your sleep after 11pm. It’s also not about the kids playing in the courtyard when they should already be in bed. No, the people I am talking about are complete strangers. These people don’t know you but just want one thing: earn money – and if necessary by less than legal means.
Your ToDo list for your online security
We’ve prepared a list for you to securely move through the online world. The list is not a somehow magical bullet proof vest, so some common sense doesn’t hurt either.
Use a strong partner for your security
As soon as you open your browser (as for example Edge, Firefox, or Google Chrome) and start to browse the internet you should secure your pc with an antivirus program and a firewall. Although the newer operating systems already include them, external providers are often more powerful. By the way, MS Windows offers the Windows Defender as an internal antivirus software which also secures your PC against malware. The scenario stays the same though: External providers are more powerful and secure your PC way better.
Our Avira Antivirus is for free, protects your data, secures your privacy, and blocks all kinds of malware such as viruses, Trojans, worms, and spyware. For more information on those terms take a look at our IT security wordbook.
Use secure passwords for your accounts
In our article regarding the World Password Day we’ve prepared a list of security tips for you to create secure passwords. Additionally, it might be good to mention: “Password” isn’t a good password and you never ever ever ever should share your passwords with anyone – under no circumstances. No service will ever ask you about your password, neither online nor via phone.
Don’t get caught by email scam and phishing
Prevent malware from getting on your computer and keep the following tips in mind:
- Who sent the email? Click on the name of the sender to see which email address the mail was sent from. Alternatively, many email programs offer the possibility to display the email address of the sender automatically.
- Open attachments or links from emails just if you really trust the sender – and if you expected to get such attachments and links. And even then be extra careful! Our free Avira Antivirus scans attachments even before you open them. Additionally, our Avira Browser Safety compares links with known malicious websites and if necessary blocks them.
- The email looks like an automated email such as a confirmation for an order or a change of the terms and conditions. But what’s that? You’ve started to read the text and the first paragraph already includes three spelling and/or grammar mistakes? Well, although the editor just might have had a bad day it’s very unlikely that reputable companies send emails riddled with errors.
Keep your web browsers up-to-date
What goes for your operating system is also true for your browsers (and every other program on your PC): Patch at least the security updates when released.
Use an account with limited user rights
Create a backup regularly
Your precious data can be damaged or lost really fast. A backup makes sure that if worst comes to worst you can recover it.
These tips don’t cover everything. But if you heed the advice given in this article you already secure most of your online activities. What further tips do you have? We’re looking forward to your feedback in the comments!