It is a long and winding road of trouble that sprang up when thieves made their way online. They thought of many ways to get by and continuously deceive and do fraudulent activities to other people online.
This trouble is never new under the sun. For centuries, people have been living in several ways to try to survive. Our internet life is not safe from the filthy sins that infiltrate the supposed connection people dreamt of about the internet.
Since there are various ways we can inflict by theft and misrepresentation, we can put more effort into arming up ourselves to avoid unnecessary feelings of timidity and fear.
The ones who must be scared are these shameless thieves who only inflict pain on others. Their deed will find them out.
The Risk you will Face
There are a countless number of things you will be exposed as you go online. We may not all go through the same things, but this list speaks so much of the things that will be put to risk when we enter the digital world.
At the same time, we should keep in mind that this is what we aim to protect as we scroll around the web.
- Privacy – Keep in mind that as you enter into the online world, you are risking your privacy. When you did come online, you committed once and for all the revelation of yourself. Take heed then and prepare for yourself an excellent way to hide, don’t show everything.
- Grooming – Catfishing is a popularized term for bad men or women online who target children and attempt to have sexual contact with them. Protect your children’s privacy by not over-exposing them.
- Permanency – Once it is there, it is there forever. Have you also ever heard of that phrase, “think before you click?” No matter how much we delete whatever you post online, it will be there forever. Both in the data breaching system and in the eyes and minds of those who viewed whatever you did.
- Identity Fraud – This whole thing we are talking about comes in different shapes and forms. Do not attempt to engage in this incredibly lousy behavior. Do not deceive and be deceiving others.
- Catfishing – Almost similar to identity fraud, the thing about catfishing is the culprit disguises over a person’s identity for an extended time.
We can list more and add to this exhausting list of risks, but it is not right to dwell on the negative.
Let us now arm ourselves!
Protect Yourself For Free
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to be safe. You only need to be natural and even invent further protective measures to instill safety and sanity online.
Without the Use of Web Protectors
Take these steps to make your digital life effortlessly safe and secure from alarms.
- Learn to Discern. Be a Media Literate person. Digital and Media Literacy is a necessary skill one must cultivate to live peacefully in this world. If you cannot choose what may be the appropriate information needed, you are prone to be tossed to and fro by every winding information available.
- Use the Strongest Password possible. Strong passwords do not contain the information you have already provided. If you previously gave your name and your birthday, do not opt if for a secret password. Use passwords with less likely possibility to be known by your neighbor.
The key to a strong password is composed of:
- At least six characters (the more the character, the stronger)
- Those characters with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols (@ & +, etc.)
- Upper case and Lower case letters
- Learn to Spot Scams. Same as our first rule, this is what you do when presented by suspicious offers online. Discern well, and you will benefit from taking extra steps of being careful.
- Only use Websites that have a reputation. – A great way to protect yourself is to engage in online sites that will keep you protected and are reliable by many. Many sites pose an excellent place, but their graphics imply that they are unreliable.
- Always check your credit balance if you do online banking. Always check because they might take from your account smaller checks from time to time until they get your total savings from you.
- Keep your privacy settings on. Take the extra measures. Again, we are free to live on social media, but we should be responsible for what we share. Every eye is looking at us on social media, whether we accept that or not.
- Keep your personal information limited. You should not post bank account numbers, phone numbers, your next visit to Fiji, photos of money, and loads of other stuff. Please do not attempt to bait the culprits, and you will hate the attention you will get from them.
- Use a secure internet connection. A VPN connection is one of the most reliable and safe ways to connect to the internet. When going to public places, don’t easily connect to the publicly shared WiFi. Make sure it is secured before you engage in it.
- Download Carefully. Some apps or pieces of stuff might contain harmful malware or viruses. Keep an eye on the providers and the app they show you.
- Practice Caution in Meeting with Strangers. Taking caution is imperative. Say, do not talk to strangers. Now, when adults engage online, they must be meticulous in engaging conversations with people.
With the Use of Applications
- Protect your desktop or phone, use security apps. Use free apps to make your browsing worthwhile. One does not merely surf online unprotected. Cover up yourself, use one of these antiviruses and malware to keep your device safe and secure effortlessly.
Knowing who you are offline is a great way to start protecting yourself. Whatever you may face online will be nothing but an easy challenge not to get caught in the perils of online fraud.
We can add more to the list of practical ways of protecting ourselves online. The benefit that will pay us off is the safety and security that not every netizen achieves.
We may also be enlightened and become more aware that our need for security not only comes and applies to social media and our internet life. It also reaches far more than what we think will be for our offline experience, without the need for internet connection and security in the hands of others. It is a call to lay down our guards and seek pure comfort and security. When life’s billows roll, that is when we will only know we have the right protection.