Internet Security Basics

 

When it comes to the internet, the ol’ world wide web, there’s a lot going on. The internet is home to millions of websites, and even more pages, and loads and loads of content in the form of pictures, videos, documents, games, and more. It’s a marvel of modern technology that is seemingly infinitely complex. Unfortunately, this opens up the door to hackers, scammers, and more threats to your online safety. And, considering that banking and other essential functions have largely migrated to the web, this can spell disaster for those of us who don’t fully understand the internet, which is most of us. Therefore, it would be prudent of us to learn better online security. Here are some of the basics.

First and foremost, internet security begins with virus protection. Computer viruses can do all sorts of nasty stuff, so it’s best to nip it in the bud. The Trojan Horse virus is a particularly nasty example, as it gives the hacker behind it direct control over your computer remotely, which, in turn, gives them access to any sensitive files on your computer as well as saved usernames and passwords, as well as access to any sites on which you’re currently signed in. The can, again, be made even worse if that access includes your banking information. Therefore, you’re going to want to get some kind of antivirus and/or antimalware software, such as Norton Antivirus. This will keep most viruses at bay, leaving you more free to browse the web without fear of consequence.

The next item on our list of fortifying online security has to do with your passwords. It’s safe to say that all of us who use the web have several ongoing accounts with various sites and apps. The problem arises when you fail to diversify your password. If you use a universal password, a hacker that has accessed one account has accessed them all. Hacking 101 is that if you crack the code on someone’s account, you keep trying that same combo of username and password on other sites. So, you want to use different passwords for each online account, and make sure that they’re also hard to guess. For example, using a mixture of capital and lowercase letters is advised, as is using letters and numbers. Some websites require you to do this nowadays for this very reason, but many will let you have weak passwords that are easy to guess, so it’s up to you to play it safe in those cases.

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