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Safe surfing online: 6 rules to follow

How many times have you heard of online security? Here are 6 good practices to keep in mind to surf online safely.

How many times have you heard of online security? How many times have you been victims of (or thwarted in time) phishing attempts? And have you ever heard of identity theft, for example on social media? Very probably s.

by Emanuela Zaccone

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The one for which there is still little discussion about the responsibility of each in making their online presence secure and in protecting privacy. It is often the small actions or the unconscious ones that make the difference.

Here are 6 good practices to keep in mind to surf online safely:

1. Security: Choose non-trivial passwords and change them often:

In cases of vulnerability one of the disconcerting data linked to the most common passwords. Cases like password123 or qwerty or even passwords are not uncommon. Not exactly a smart choice. Better to prefer alphanumeric passwords that use upper case, lower case and any special characters allowed. Also, avoid using the same keywords for multiple services and change them often.

2. Set up sufficient levels of privacy on social media for your security:

each of the channels we use allows you to choose different levels of visibility of our profiles and their contents. In some cases, like for Facebook, it is possible to define what information will be shown to specific groups of users and to establish each time for each published content which privacy level to set. They are very useful tools for limiting access to what we consider most appropriate to keep private or that we prefer to share exclusively with friends.

3. Look carefully at emails, especially those that ask you to provide personal data, passwords, payments.

Despite being one of the most known cyber threats, phishing remains a global threat. The senders of phishing emails seem to be known organizations, such as banks or web service portals, and apparently have an informative purpose: they warn of problems encountered with personal accounts and provide suggestions on how to solve the problems, inviting them to click malicious links. Often the finger is pointed at the provider, but the filters must already be placed upstream by each of us.

4. Choose the data you want to register with:

How many times have you had to sign up for a site to take advantage of specific services, such as the wi-fi of a hotel? If necessary, set a password, choose a new one, not the same one you use for social media or personal email.

5. Never save username and password on computers that are not yours.

Almost all browsers ask if the user intends to memorize the data for subsequent accesses. Avoid doing it on other people's computers.

6. Do not disseminate data or detailed images about your home:

it could make you smile, but there are many cases of theft associated with holiday announcements. If you have also made it known exactly where you live, then it becomes really easy to do a couple of different information. Many also advise avoiding posting photos of the keys to their home (perhaps in a moment of joy for the purchase of a new home), as they can be reproduced.

Then there is a key rule, which applies especially to social media: secure your private life by filtering it. Not all that we live must necessarily be told on social media: the precise responsibility of each to determine what and how to share it. The simple criterion: do not share with others what you would not want others to know, comment on or share.

Finally, a good social standard: if you notice something strange, for example social accounts of friends who behave differently from the usual or publish clearly strange content, do not hesitate to report it to your acquaintances.

And how do you keep yourself safe?

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