As Americans begin to spend more and more time online, learning what risks to look out for becomes more and more crucial. Hacks, viruses, and bold scams are becoming more commonplace, and even the most discerning internet users can fall victim if they're not careful. Recently, a rash of strong arm attacks and scams from other areas of the world have made their way over to the States. Fortunately, as an internet service provider devoted to safety and security for our clients, we offer a number of tips and tricks to keep internet users safe and secure while browsing. By following these tips, you can ensure you don't fall victim to the internet's bad guys.
Avoid links from emails you don't know.
Many times, an innocuous, well written email from a person you don't know is harmless. Other times, however, it's the farthest thing from it. When you're in doubt about the sender of an email, the best way to avoid downloading anything you don't want on your device is to trash it immediately. But, if you've opened the email already, avoiding any links can make help safeguard you from viruses that may be attached. Of course, many email networks boast a fairly robust spam filter platform that will remove dangerous emails automatically. But any that slip through the cracks can be handled this way. If you believe you're receiving a large number of dangerous emails, contact your IT provider for custom solutions.
Avoid unsecured websites.
You can tell whether a website is secure or not by searching for "https" before an address, or by searching for the green lock icon on the left side of the address bar (like on this page). If the website in question only has "http," it is not secured, and you should avoid the site if possible. While all unsecured websites are not bad, they are not able to protect you from hackers or digital attacks-- which means you're more exposed on these sites. Some sites may have viruses lurking anywhere, and others may even steal your data to share with third parties.
Do not download software you're not familiar with.
There are a number of apps, add-ons, plugins, and extensions that can work wonders for your computer. Unfortunately, there are also just as many that can wreak havoc. Our suggestion is simple-- when in doubt, avoid any random software downloads. Unless the software comes directly from your internet service provider or another organization you can trust, you're better off going without, doing some research, and then finding the best, safest alternative. Downloading software riddled with bugs or viruses can destroy your computer, and, quite possibly, your livelihood. Check out software reviews from reliable sources if you're looking for a new addition to your computer.
Avoiding risks on the internet doesn't have to be difficult. Being smart and crafty about how you browse can keep you safe and give you the peace of mind you deserve when browsing. For the safest in affordable, high speed internet, contact our team today!