In the past several weeks and months, there have been numerous stories being published about security threats online, hackers, government surveillance, corporate cybersecurity failures, and so on. So, what can you do to keep yourself safe online and with your smartphone?
There are several simple things you can do to stay safe.
1. Make sure you see "HTTPS" in the URL of any site where you are giving out personal information, such as on sites where you are making purchases. The "S" stands for "secure." There is also an add-on for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera called "HTTPS Everywhere" which ensures that whenever you visit a site that has data encrpytion, you are making use of it.
2. Always update your software when prompted to do so. Whenever a company finds vulnerabilities in their software, they release patches to fix the problem. This could appear on your computer as a pop-up or as a download prompt. Make sure that you are always keeping up with these updates to keep your computer safe and protected.
3. Two-Factor Authentication. Many sites, such as Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter now offer a feature that works with your smartphone to provide you with an extra layer of protection while online. You log in with your credentials, and the site will send a numeric code to your phone that you enter before finally being signed in.
4. Put tape over your camera on your laptop, desktop PC, smartphone, etc. Even when you aren't actively using your camera, there are some hackers who are able to activate it from a remote location, letting them see whatever you may be doing. An easy solution to this problem is to put tape or a post-it note over the camera when you aren't using it.
5. Put your phone away. There are some hackers who are also able to activate the microphone in your smartphone when you aren't using it. If you are worried about people listening in on your private conversations, be sure that you stow the phone away in another room or area when you aren't using it.
6. Protect your e-mail. If you see junk or spammy e-mail, always make sure you mark it as such. Don't ever download files or attachments from a name you don't recognize, or from any e-mail message that seems strange to you.
With all these tips in mind, you will surely be much safer when browsing online or using your smartphone.
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