This is part I in a series of blog posts we have written about Internet Safety. Let us know in the comments if you like these articles. Plus if you haven’t read the other articles, you can check them out below.
Part II: You Graduated to Internet Safety 202
We often get asked by our customers what else they can do to be safer online. Unfortunately, there is no single thing you can do to 100% protect yourself. But there are lots of simple, easy things you can do everyday to boost your internet safety beyond FixMeStick.
Having an up-to-date antivirus running on your computer everyday and using FixMeStick once a month is essential, but we’re here to help increase your online security beyond FixMeStick. Here are some extra things you can do to polish up your Internet security.
Ensure your browsing is private and secure.
A good start to improve your online security is to use a secure web browser. We like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox because they’re easy to use but also offer the privacy you want.
Most browsers come with a built in “private browsing mode” that will hide your browsing history from others who use your device. On Google Chrome it’s called “incognito“, or if you’re using Firefox you can open a “Private Window“.
FixMeTip: This doesn’t make you anonymous. Your Internet service provider (ISP) and the sites you visit can still gather information. If you want a more private Internet experience try a VPN. You can check out our full guide to VPNs here.
StartMeTip: Try using a StartMeStick! It has a built-in TOR browser that offers VPN-like functions to secure your browsing data.
Protect your accounts.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to have complex, unique passwords for all your accounts. Keep these tips in mind:
- Make your passwords at least 10 characters long – and make sure they use numbers and symbols, plus lowercase and uppercase letters
- Don’t use the same password across multiple accounts
- If you have to share your passwords be careful how you do it – don’t email, text or instant message them with all the account information
Want to check if your password is secure? Check this out!
Keep a clean inbox.
For Clean Out Your Inbox Week we went over tips to keep a clean and safe inbox. With so many phishing scams out there it’s important to keep an eye out for malicious emails so you don’t become a victim. Before you open an email make sure to ask yourself:
- Is the email from an unknown sender?
- Are there spelling or grammar mistakes in the email or subject line?
- Did a trusted program mark it as spam?
- Does this remind you of a recent scam you’ve be warned of?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these you may want to think twice before opening and clicking on that email. You can check out our full guide here.
Update. Update. Update.
Updates are specifically designed to patch weaknesses and make your software more secure and work better. Although they can be annoying they’re important. Using outdated software was one of the biggest cyber security mistakes people didn’t realize they were making. You can see the whole list here.
Wondering if you’re up-to-date? Check these links out:
For more internet safety tips, check out our follow-up blog post – Internet Safety 202.
To test your internet safety knowledge, see if you can pass our ultimate Internet Safety Quiz!