Five simple things you can do now to ensure your safety and privacy while browsing the internet.
If you use these few tips, you will protect yourself and your computer from viruses and hackers.
First, whatever browser you use, upgrade it to the latest version. I will address two very important settings in your browser.
Protect yourself from viruses and hackers
We use Microsoft's Internet Explorer so I'll focus on it -
Open your browser and click on the little cog wheel in the
upper right hand corner. That will open a window with seven tabs
across the top. Click on the "Security" tab, then ensure that the box is checked
two-thirds down the page that reads "Enable Protected Mode (requires
restarting Internet Explorer)." Click the "Apply" button at the bottom, then
click "OK" and restart your browser.
Launch your browser again, click on the the little cog wheel in the upper
right-hand corner again. This time click on the "Privacy" tab at the top.
There is a sliding bar under "Select a setting for the Internet zone."
Ensure that it is set to "Medium". This will block third-party cookies that do not have a
contact you without your explicit permission. In addition, this setting will restrict first-party cookies that save information
that can be used to contact you without your explicit permission.
Social Media Sites such as
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
Although these sites are doing much better with their security measures, they are high-priority
targets of hackers simply because they draw so many people to them. There are some measures you can take
to help ensure your privacy and safety. Let's look at them one at a time.
Log onto Facebook and click the "down arrow" beside "Home" in the upper right-hand corner. A drop-down menu will appear.
Click on "Privacy Settings" toward the bottom of the list. Midway down the page you will see "How You Connect", click on "edit settings"
to the right of that. Here you can select settings that will control who can contact you. Next, click the
down arrow in the upper right-hand corner by Home again, this time select "Account Settings". You will see a menu on the left-hand side
of the page, click on "Security". On the security settings page the first option you can edit is "Secure Browsing", click on "edit" out to the right of
it. Then check the box that reads "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible." That's it! You can
use Facebook without worrying whether someone is going to steal your identity or gain access to your computer, your bank accounts
and credit cards.
Click the down arrow in the upper right-hand corner next to the person image. From the drop-down menu, click on "Settings" just above the
last entry of "Sign out". Next, scroll down the page until you see "HTTPS only" and check the box next to it.
Log onto LinkedIn and click the down arrow beside your name in the upper right-hand corner. On the lower left-hand of this page you will see "Account", click on that.
Then click on "Manage security settings" and check the box on this pop-up window that reads "When possible, use a secure connection (https) to
browse LinkedIn. Next, click the button to "Save Changes". That's it. Happy safe browsing!