Hacking and cyber black marketing have become a profitable business in this cyber-age instigating people to undertake unlawful activities. With the advancement of technology, cyber criminals are discovering more and more ways to sneak into your computer systems through network. This in turn exposes you to malwares, spywares, viruses and ad wares, challenging your privacy. A bunch of threats which mandates a user to adopt safe browsing habits in order to protect sensitive personal information and computer systems.

Safe Browsing Tips

Tips for Safe Browsing

Safe Browsing Tips

The Antivirus solutions available in the market, alone cannot protect your system from all such security threats. Antivirus products doesn’t offer any guarantees, especially against user errors. To protect your system from such threats, certain safe browsing and general security tips, apart from antivirus products, must be followed.

– The browser plug-ins, especially Flash and Java, must be updated consistently. Malware often takes advantage of third-party plug-in security exploits, and plug-in developers regularly release updates to cover any glaring gaps.

– The operating system must be timely updated. Whether it’s Windows, OS X, Android, or some other operating system, updates must be installed upon availability; especially when it comes to security updates.

 – A web browser other than Internet Explorer must be used for browsing, due to the IE security holes. While the newest version of IE performs well while browsing sites over internet, alternative browsers which could be used include Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera.

– Advertisements are a common attack path for malware distributors. Ad Block Plus must be installed for Firefox or Chrome users to prevent 99% of advertisements getting displayed in your browser.

– Beware of phishing emails stealing usernames, passwords and other private information, redirecting to a page similar to a secure website but operating with an ulterior motive of stealing information.

– Care must be taken while supplying personal info on social networking sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Orkut, etc. Do not accept friends request from random people, unless you confirm their identity.

– Use difficult-to-answer “security questions” for password reset tools and do not reveal the same on social networking sites or blogs.

But no amount of caution and safe browsing habits can ever guarantee complete internet security, but following these tips will drastically reduce the probability of an Internet user becoming a victim of malware, identity or data theft.

All said and done, when in doubt about the security, a professional help could be sought from various premier organizations which offer services to shield your system from all sorts of threats.