One the one hand, the Internet is making life easier by providing access
to information from just about anywhere, but on the other hand access to
private information raises serious security concerns.
We could argue forever about who's responsible for ensuring that private
information isn't easily accessible by unauthorised people, but
ultimately we must be aware that anything we share / publish / post on
the Internet can be seen and shared with everyone else on-line; and
nothing is secure on the Internet.
We must all play a part in on-line security. It's is a team game. By
personally ensuring that we're doing as much as possible to secure
ourselves, together we make it harder for the bad guys.
There are many steps and tools you can use to improve your on-line
security. To start you off, we've put together this list of our 10
Your on-line security must-do list:
Block Third-party Cookies: Cookies store little bits
of information about you for websites that you have been too. Disabling
the unnecessary cookies will decrease the chances of others exploiting
Use HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is the
secure communication protocol of the Internet, adding a layer of
encryption between your computer and websites that you visit.
Install HTTPS Everywhere: This web-browser
plug-in forces the browser to use the HTTPS protocol instead of the
regular HTTP protocol so you don't have to remember.
Use Incognito Mode: Also known as Private Browsing,
web browsers don't store your browsing history, save files in the
browser cache, or save cookies when in this mode. Particularly useful
if you are using on-line banking.
Check for SSL: When entering sensitive information
into forms (such as your credit card details), make sure the webpage is
protected by SSL. Look for a green lock in the address bar.
Email Carefully: Don't send sensitive information by
email. This includes usernames, passwords, credit card details, etc.
Encrypt Email: Consider encrypting your email. It may
seem like a hassle, but once you and your regular contacts get into the
habit it will become second nature.
Use Secure Payment Gateways: Don't purchase from
eStores that don't use secure, well-known payment gateways.
Use Strong Passwords: Always. Test how long it would
take to hack your password on How Secure Is My Password.
Limit sharing: Don't share or publish information you
don't want strangers knowing about you.
Lastly, make sure that your operating system, web-browser and anti-virus
software are always up-to-date, and that you are using a
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