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5 Easy Steps to Online Safety

5 Easy Steps to Online Safety

We’re more connected than ever before, with every interaction we have taking place over an internet connection. Online Safety is now more important than ever! From arranging meetings with friends and family to paying our bills. We remain connected at all times, and the Internet forms the backbone of our lives. It adds an immensely powerful layer of convenience, but it also opens us to an entirely new spectrum of danger.

Staying safe and secure online, doesn’t have to be difficult! Here are 5 easy steps that you can take that can help minimize the risks.

1. Use 2-Step Payment Verification

The reported incidents of Online Banking Fraud have increased dramatically over the past few years. Using 2-Step Payment Verification will make sure only legitimate payments are allowed. Most South African banks offer 2-Step Payment Verification for their Clients using Visa’s 3D Secure and Mastercard’s Securepass. We’ve made Payment Verification available for our Clients with Debit Order payments. It’s quick and easy and definitely worth doing Here.

2. Use unique passwords for each website or service.

This may seem way more effort than it’s worth, but when the username and password that I use for all my Social Media Sites was leaked earlier this year, I was in a total panic as I raced to reset all my details! Using a Password Manager like LastPass (Free Version Available here) ensures that you can keep all of your unique passwords in one secure, convenient place.

3. Use an Antivirus Suite!

The number of viruses, malware and spamware on the Internet today is frightening to say the least! Using AVG or Avast! means that your computer will remain virus-free and you can rest assured that you are protected. Both AVG and Avast offer Free-Trial versions of their software that don’t expire and you’ll have access to the most important Virus-scanning functionality.

4. Leave your Automatic Software Updates enabled.

Having your apps update themselves can be annoying and even be a bandwidth hog, but this will make sure that any possible security vulnerabilities are patched as soon as they are made available by the developers.

5. Change your default WiFi password!

Most manufacturers ship their modems with the same setup and almost never have unique passwords! By keeping your DSL modem and WiFi passwords set to the factory default you are making it very easy for almost anyone to access your WiFi and your home network. With our entire households connected to WiFi networks this leaves us incredibly vulnerable! Changing your WiFi network details can be a scary proposition, but This great WikiHow will guide you through changing your WiFi step-by-step.

How do you keep yourself safe online?

Share your own Tips and Tricks to keeping yourself Safe online in the Comments below.

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  • RedViking

    The is a good basic list, however with sim swap the two step verification isn’t that secure anymore? . I would suggest to also change your passwords regularly, using a Password Manager as suggested, you can create a random password easily and store it. Make a list of the websites that have access to your Credit card, if you don’t visit them offen remove your credit details. I won’t suggest Avast or AVG anymore as they both are covered with misleading ads, but this is just a personal preference. What about 360 Total Security, No popup ads, no email signature and you can add Malwarebytes? Another very important thing for Web Browsing is to use an Adblocker (I suggest uBlock Origin) and popup blocker, that way you already avoid allot of junk. Lastly, allot of information, recovery options and verifications goes to your email address, so keep track of your email activity and use a very strong password. Cheers!

    • Those are damned good tips and tricks! 🙂 Thanks for sharing them with us! 360 Total Security definitely looks like it has potential! I opted for Avast and AVG as they both have decent reputations for reliability and the free versions are actually pretty good.

      An Ad-Blocker is also a must-have, and it’s definitely worth including in Part 2!

      What do you think we should add in Part 2?