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A lot of people have migrated into the internet space, which makes the general population of the workforce heavily reliant on the internet. But widespread usage does not equate to user understanding. Each year, a vast majority of consumers fall victim to cybercrime. With how vast and powerful the Internet platform is, a lot could be done with just a click of a mouse. In recognition of Safer Internet Day on February 8, here are a few things to make sure that you’re browsing safely:

1. Make sure to have a secure internet connection

Hackers nowadays can get through the computer’s firewall via internet connection. Always make sure to double check the internet that you are connected to and protect your home wireless network with a strong password.

2. Use strong passwords for your accounts

Reusing the same password for multiple sites is extremely risky due to the frequency of password leaks that occur when websites are hacked. As a preventive step for password leaks, you have to use strong and unique passwords for every website.

3. Keep your personal or company information private

Think of the saying “prevention is better than the cure”, contemplate before sharing your information to online platforms. Hackers can easily use social media profiles to acquire your credentials, having preventive measures will surely derail their malicious intent.

4. Keep a look out for Phishing Scams

Hackers’ preferred method of obtaining information and tricking users into providing login information is through fraudulent emails and websites. If you are unfamiliar with the link or attachment from an email or message, it is best not to click on it.

5. Keep your devices up to date

The best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online risks are having the most up-to-date security software, web browser, and operating system. It’s best to update and install all security updates that your IT department recommends. 

6. Think before you click

Be wary of pop-up windows and links from websites you are not familiar with. Pause and read every minute detail of an email, message, or link before opening it. It’s a good idea to disable or block pop-ups. While desktop pop-ups from your operating system are unavoidable, web browser pop-ups may generally be turned off if you don’t want them to appear.