Over the years, Internet has changed from just sending mail to a mass broadcasting media. Internet revolutionized the way we communicate, the way we connect and the way we work. We`ve never been so connected to the world before. People are closer now.
On the other hand it makes you, your family more vulnerable. You are exposed to everyone. Anyone can find you sitting in a couch miles away. They can see what you are doing, where you are hanging out, where you shop, your personal likings… everything.
The funny part is you only allow them to see your personal lives. By sharing photos, by making statements, by documenting your personal information online. You leave footprints online which can be easily tracked back to determine your personality and behavior. Your online presence defines you.
My goal with this post is not to completely detail ins and outs of Internet, but to give you a glimpse what you do with the internet can impact your life sooner or later. Let me draw some boundaries here. Let me set rules on internet safety.
Ultimately I`d love to hear back from someone who read this post and put something into action on his own life.
Here we go!
You are not safe
Let`s talk some statics.
According to FBI
- 269,422 online crime complaints received on 2014 on their Internet Crime Complaint Center.
- Out of which 47.95% were female respondents.
- The majority of complainant were on the age group of 40-59.
- 51% under 20 age.
- Passing trend had shown growing trends on
Auto fraud, government impersonation Email- scam, online intimidation/ extortion Scam, and Confidence/ Romance Fraud.
I have not mentioned child cruelty, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking through the internet yet.
That’s a whole different story.
Advice I got on Internet safety from the Big guns
I asked experts of Industries about their opinion on staying safe in this digital world. How can an average person avoid threats from the internet still don`t miss the hits of World Wide Web?
Different Password for Different Accounts
More than 200 social accounts, millions of sites and then your Bank accounts… And every account is linked with a password. That’s a huge pressure on our tiny brains. Memorizing them all! Forget it.
It might be tough to remember all those passwords, but it protect us from dangerous scams. One single password for all puts unnecessary risk to all your accounts (including your online transaction stuff). By any means if someone get access to one password, he/ she can get them all.
“Instead use password managers to manage your password list.”
For Online Transaction use Two-Factor Authentication
If it is a transaction! Use two-factor authentication.
Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is a way of securing your access to any portal by providing two means of identification.
For example, Google provides two way of Authentication process for Gmail accounts. Password and user id plus a token code that is texted to your mobile.
When you use online services like PayPal, internet banking for the transaction of money it becomes even more important.
Suspicious Email, Throw it out
Emails asking a short-term loan from Nigerian Prince with a promise of double profit is one of the examples of suspicious Emails. Don`t fall for such Emails.
Here`s a short description of how suspicious emails look like.
- Emails from strangers asking to click on a link or open attachment. If you don`t know what is it about never go for it. And do not open a .exe attachment.
- Spoof emails asking for your personal information or asking money for a job are conjured for scams. This is called phishing. If you get an email from someone like a bank, eBay or PayPal, saying there is a problem with your account, forward it to the company in question to get confirmation it’s from them. Never do that most companies never ask for your passwords.
- Even emails from your friends can be a spam to trick you. This happens when hackers got on your friends account and use that account to leverage their friends.
Use your wit and sense to spot a fake mail. Nationwide Bank has good documents on phishing and emails scam.
Be Online Savvy
Be careful what you post online. Because whatever you post are out to see for the public. Never post your personal details, bank account details, and any other confidential information.
You don`t want to know a burglar that you are on a holiday and your house is empty. Also, you might not want your indecent posts to be seen by the employer. So be savvy, aware and decent online civilian.
Did you find some useful savvy tips here? I bet this advice will leave hackers clueless. This might seem basic stuff, but simply implementing this tips in your life you can escape from jaws of devils.
And I will love to hear from you if some of these tips hit you or have something more to say. Keep updating me and I will come back and make it a bible for ditching online crimes.