While it’s always important to take care of our physical bodies in order to enjoy long, fruitful lives with our families and loved ones, we also believe that we must exert as much effort in taking care of our digital selves as well. We came up with these three reminders users can adopt to keep their online health in check:
- Use your common sense. The adage, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is,” is applicable both in the real world and on the Internet. Using common sense is your first line of defense online. People who are after you or your money abound on the web via all kinds of scams.
- Try to maintain a junk-free online diet. You are what you eat or, in this case, you are what you browse. The Internet has its own brand of “unhealthy food” in the form of shady, suspicious, or risqué sites. Common examples of these are online gambling, adult sites, and illegal file-sharing portalsSuch sites are not only inappropriate to some users, these are also very common malware sources. In fact, in one instance, over 137,000 systems were infected in just one month because their users visited a single adult site that secretly hosted malware.
- Love your online persona. There is such a thing as oversharing and if you’re not careful, the things you say or do online can be used against you. One example is sharing that you’re alone at home, especially if you’re underage, which could attract burglars, robbers, and other unsavory folks. Also, always keep a cool head when sharing personal things online. Users should always ask themselves if anything they’re sharing could pose threats not only to their own reputation but also to their safety and those around them.
These three simple reminders, as well as other helpful activities to secure your data, reputation, and devices, will certainly help protect users from the worst that cybercriminals can do. For more information about these tips, view our infographic here. Make sure to share this infographic to your friends and family as well.