13 things you should never do online

The Internet is an open space which connects various users with different intentions. One can never be too forceful in talking about the harm users create either knowingly or ignorantly.

There are conventional protective measures everybody should be conversant with such as: Don’t divulge personal information or log in credit card details on insecure and untrusted website, use strong passwords for signup and avoid habits that could leave you vulnerable to scammers. But the issue of online safety isn’t conclusive, there are new privacy concerns popping up more often.

The topic of what an Internet user should avoid doing online can’t be over emphasized. As such, below are 13 things you should never do online while surfing the web:

1. Don’t share sensitive information:

This has been emphasized over and over again; it’s more like a mantra now.

Don’t compromise your privacy by sharing photos of your vacations, children, and happy moments. When you post your family vacation photos online, you are announcing to the world that you are not home and at the same time sharing your current location.

You are exposing yourself and family in harms way by presenting yourself as an easy target.

2. Don’t be naive:

A lot of uncanny post has circulated social media space lately and it’s often promoted by innocent people like you. Before you share any information you receive, try to verify it. Don’t be so naïve to believe everything you are sent on social media.

Most of them are deliberately written to scam and mislead. A simple google search will counsel you.

There are reliable website to obtain information from. Bookmark the ones you fancy and always visit that for information you need.

3. Don’t download Apps without understanding its requirement.

There are some grabby apps on the app stores you should be cautious of. Don’t be in a hurry to download an app, review its requirement and if possible verify its source.

Ensure you understand the information an app wants to access before downloading it otherwise, you may give more than you would want to.

4. Use good combinations for your password:

On any secured platform that requires login such as banking, your job, social sites, etc., don’t take for granted the requirement to use a strong password combination.

Weak passwords will make your account vulnerable to hackers and identity theft who would easily guess your password and gain access.

It is advised to always use combinations of upper case, lower case, and a number for a better strength of a password.

5. Resist the urge of free WI-FI:

Whenever you see an open Wi-Fi, don’t ignore that the fact that your web traffic can be monitored (Your transactions can be read by others).

Using a free Wi-Fi connection for banking transactions can expose you to scammers.

6. Always be yourself:

Always try to be real. In any form of relationship, being real would always pave way for trust to follow through. In order to meet real people and build a relationship, stop being fake.

Doing this has cost so many missed opportunities. Don’t live a fake social media. Just be yourself.

7. Don’t Post or share nude Pictures and sex videos:

Unless you have interest in doing porn either at the moment or in the future, don’t post or share nude photographs or videos of yourself on the internet.

Be informed that once you upload a file, you don’t have full control over it anymore. You could be blackmailed with it in the future.

8. Don’t diagnose yourself online:

Medical diagnosis sites are very useful in providing basic medical information and how-to, however it doesn’t replace the function of a professional medical doctor.

If you have any health issues, don’t diagnose yourself, kindly see your doctor.

9. Don’t publish indecent behavior or vices

The photo or video clip of you smoking weed, or sniffing coke, or breaking the law should not find itself on the social media.

You may think it’s not a big deal but recruiting agencies and data storage companies would definitely use those to draw conclusions about you.

Be conscious of what you post because the moment it leaves your local device to the internet, you don’t have any control over it anymore. Avoid the long-term consequences that may arise from your actions.

10. Be careful of online quizzes:

Although quizzes could be fun but report made rounds that some quiz host are collecting more data than necessary. By revealing information about yourself and your personal preferences, you may be inadvertently feeding the information to marketers and data companies.

Before you participate in a quiz, verify its source. If for instance a quiz about HBO “Game of Thrones” is not on HBO official website, you may probably have to rethink it.

11. Don’t use shared computer for confidential transactions:

If the computer available is used for online gaming, free music download, torrents, etc., by different persons especially kids, it may likely be exposed to malware which can compromise your transactions.

A designated computer is recommended for all your banking and other confidential transactions online.

12. Don’t click strange email message links:

If an unsolicited email enters your mailbox with promises of free goodies, just ignore. This links might threaten your computer, especially for those who do not have anti-virus or an updated one.

With the rate at which ransomware is on the loose, your system could be exposed to hackers who’ll virtually hijack it.

Even if you know and trust the source of the link, it’s advisable you copy and paste the text in your browser instead of clicking on links, which might not take you to the site indicated by the hyperlink text.

13. Don’t divulge your contact details to untrusted site:

Unless you enjoy being spammed which I doubt you do, don’t throw your email, mailing address or phone lines around. Of course that includes sensitive information about you such as credit card details, home address, etc.

Lots of websites want your data either for marketing purposes or ulterior motives.

Only sign up for mailing list on websites that you can trust or that are reliable.

The “13 things you should never do online” tips above won’t guarantee complete online safety, but it’s a good start.

This article was originally posted at nitechbuzz

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