10 Internet Security Tips for Complete Protection

10 Tips for Online SecurityWith the sudden rise in the Internet usage across the globe over the past few years, there has also been a rise in the amount of online scams and frauds. Today, most of the Internet users are unaware of the most prevailing online threats which pose a real challenge for their safe Internet usage. As a result, the security has become a questionable factor for the most Internet users.

However, it is still possible to effectively combat insecurity on the Internet provided that, the users are well aware of the common scams and frauds and know how to protect themselves. A study shows that over 91 percent of the Internet users are unaware of the online scams and are therefore worried about their security. If you are one among those 91 percent, then this post is just for you!

10 Tips for Internet Security:

Here is a list of 10 simple Internet security tips to maximize your online protection:

  1. Always install a good antivirus software and keep it up-to-date. Also install a good anti-spyware to keep spyware away from your computer. You can find review and comparison of best antivirus products at iWebGUARD.

  2. Always visit known and trusted websites. If you are about to visit an unknown website, ensure that you do not click on those untrusted links and banners.

  3. Perform a virus scan on the files/email attachments that you download before executing them.

  4. Regularly update your operating system and browser software. For a better security, it is recommended that you surf the Internet through the latest version of your browser program.

  5. Never share your password (email, bank logins etc.) with any one for any reason. Choose a strong password (A blend of alphanumeric+special symbols) and change it regularly, eg. every 3 months. Avoid using easy-to-guess passwords. (ex. pet’s name or kid’s name)

  6. Always type the URL of the website in your browser’s address bar to enter the login pages.

  7. Before you enter your password on any login page, ensure that you see https instead of http in your browser’s address bar. Example. https://mail.google.com instead of http://mail.google.com. HTTPS protocol implements SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and provide better security than a normal HTTP. For more information on HTTPS and SSL see Know More About Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

  8. Beware of phishing emails! Do not respond to any email that request you to update your login details by clicking on a link in the body of the email. Such links can lead to Fake Login Pages (Spoofed Pages). For more information on phishing refer How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scam. Also refer my other post on How to Protect an Email Account.

  9. Always hit the logout button to close your login session rather than abruptly terminating the browser window. Also, clear your web browser caches after every session to remove the temporary files stored in the memory and hard disk of your PC.

  10. Avoid (Stop) using any public computers or computers in the Internet cafes to access any sensitive/confidential information. Also, avoid such computers to log in to your email/bank accounts. On a public computer, there is every chance of spyware and malware infections to be present.

By following the above 10 tips, your Internet security can be guaranteed up to 90 percent. I hope this information will help my readers for keeping themselves safe from any of the online insecurities. Cheers! Pass your comments.

31 Comments

  1. funcky
    February 5, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    @srikanth
    One question…
    How can i know, whether any spyware running on my system or not?
    And someone said that press ctrl+shift+alt+anykey then it will show if any were found on the pc…


    • Srikanth
      February 12, 2010 at 1:45 PM

      @ funcky

      You should use an antispyware. There is no way you can find it’s presence from the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) since spywares have the ability to hide themselves from task manager.


  2. funcky
    February 12, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    @srikanth
    Thank you…
    Waiting for the next post..


  3. Debashish
    February 17, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Try to use Secure Portable web browser in cyber Cafe, it means these webbrowser will protect your identity and privacy and always use virtual keyboard when your accessing your bank account outside.


    • kawaljit kamboj
      July 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Virtual Keyboard do not work against powerful spyware or keyloggers
      you better use anti spyware such as Malwarebytes to ensure that ur are safey browsing !


  4. Blizzard
    February 17, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Hey , thanks :D
    anyway I suggest you to create a forum .


  5. Jibran
    February 19, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Well good tut Srikanth.
    and wat u say about the Wireshark. Does it help about knowing that wether our pc is spywared or backdoored, Wireshark need a very professional person to analyse the traffic.


  6. smith
    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Hey Thanks for posting such a nice and informative article.Nice post having excellent contents.I have been searching for this type of posts.Thank you so much for sharing.Keep posting.When it comes to security, no method is 100 percent effective, however. That’s why experts say it takes several types of safeguards to adequately protect a computer.The tips mentioned are very helpful.Thanks a lot once again.

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  7. spidey rockz
    May 22, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    hi srikanth bhai

    how CAN i retrieve my hacked gmail account none of the retrival procedures by google worked !! i dunno how they hacked i had very stong password

    by the way do you know how to crack md5 hash!!!! if yes please start ab post on that !! .

    Thanks in advance ~!~!~!~


  8. ANUPAM
    June 21, 2010 at 6:27 AM

    HI..man your tips are very useful..Don’t stop sending ur posts,take care…


  9. suchi menon
    July 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    is enybody can help me?one of my close frnd hacked my account..i donno how to hack??


  10. Manojyoti Roy
    July 17, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    1.How 2 test da strength of an antivirus software?


  11. ANI
    August 11, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    hi..
    ur information are very useful…
    keep on going…


  12. xfire
    August 24, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Num 6. is generaly a bad idea. Any connection that is being established of non-SSL at first is vulnerable to attack, even if mail.google.com does later try to redirect to a HTTPS connection a sniffer on a local network(public, unsecure/badly secured wireless,…) can still do a MITM attack by stripping the HTTPS connections and therefor be abble to sniff traffic between the client and the server.

    Which is still ok if u follow up point number 7, but really, are you going to check always if it says https? Or are you going to forget it from time to time? Better get used to typing https://, it’s just one keystroke more.


  13. divv
    August 27, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    nice work sri……..


  14. Vishal
    August 29, 2010 at 6:08 AM

    yeah i agree with these points…and its a good idea to install a anti-spyware along with a anti-virus….lately i’ve been able to block many suspecious actions occuring in my PC using the anti-spyware which was not detected by any antivirus….


  15. Neha
    September 8, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    hello … thanx 4 your informative tips.. this was easy for me to protect my
    internet connection. i am a 14 yr old gurl.. and i have more intrest on computers and this website gohacking is the easiest way for me to get the info’s. thanx a lot


  16. Arijit
    September 11, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    The above tips are useful
    Can you give me example of some “Secure Portable web browser” & the best technique to speed up download tips ?


  17. sunil
    September 17, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    thanks for site ke liye


  18. Priya
    November 10, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    helo…….. thanks 4 nice tips. i wanna know how to access blocked web sites like if orkut or facebook is blocked on my pc by server


  19. hitlor
    November 12, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Thanks man i had great time!!!
    reading this article……

    Please suscribe more information…………….

    :-p


  20. hari
    February 11, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Thank you for your information.

    i also suggest to use virtual keyboard for typing passwords in net cafe or browsing center to protect from key logger.


  21. amit niranjane
    March 31, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    keep it up dude


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  23. Dahai
    June 4, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    I am Oybek Shamsutdinov from Uzbekistan.
    I use my laptop well but i don’t know what the C++ is!!!
    I want to become the best hacker SO THAT I CAN PROTECT MY COUNTRY from bad hackers.

    I hope you could help me to learn, I mean can you be my teacher to be the best hacker???

    hope to hear from you soon,
    Oybek


  24. saurav
    June 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    this kind of the information is productive for the internet user
    i m very pleased to get information


  25. manne anusha reddy
    October 10, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    without using hacking software…how to hack passwords??? i need detail info regarding this…..


  26. sunny
    August 27, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    thanx bro so nice


  27. Ishan
    December 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    @ Srikant sir,

    Can i install an antivirus software with anti-spyware to protect my computer. Like Norton internet security.
    because norton internet security have also anti-spyware facilities.


    • Srikanth
      January 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Sure, you can! That would be even better :)


  28. Charmin
    March 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    nice….I like it please write for mobile security


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