Many people are computer literate. Every time you are communicating online, you are simply increasing your presence online. Most websites have passwords and usernames to ensure that your information is secure. Unlike in day to day life where you will have police personnel or private security guards on a regular guard and patrol duties, there is no one who is on constant watch when it comes to your online security.
There are some organizations that have come up to try and curb cyber crime but even they can only help so much. You need to ensure that your online information does not fall into the wrong hands as this could cause serious harm. Here are some pointers on what you should do when it comes to keeping your online presence secure.
There are some organizations that have come up to try and curb cyber crime but even they can only help so much.
a. In forums and blogs: Experience is the best teacher. We learn from the experiences of others and they build us up. If you want to share things about your life, well and good, however only share relevant information. Do not mention where you stay or names of people you live with. The worst is saying that you will be away for a certain number of days.
There are criminals everywhere. There might be someone who is intent on following your blog with sinister motives. As a general rule, just speak about your experience with no names it is even better if you come up with fictitious names.
b. On social networks: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook are just but a few of the social networks we have today. The joy of communicating and sharing photos with your friends is unmatched. However, be careful what you post. Something too personal information could lead to your end.
Stalkers are everywhere on these sites. Keep your security settings as airtight as you can and do not get friendly with strangers. Even though you have security settings that allow only your friends to see your profile, do not bank on that as a leeway to give out all your details.
c. E-mails: Spamming is becoming a common occurrence. You open an e-mail and to your surprise your computer starts behaving in a manner you have never seen before. It is important above all to have an anti virus because you can get spam mail from your friends if someone hacks into their account. If you receive an e-mail from someone you do not know, then do not open it.
d. Online shopping: This can become dangerous as it involves you giving out your credit card details. Be very cautious when it comes to this, and only shop from trusted websites. It is important to verify the vendor’s details before you embark on paying them online.
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