How to improving your Internet safety
How to improve your Internet safety
Whenever you are working online, be it building a WordPress blog or browsing the latest Twitter trends, it is important to make sure that you are as safe as possible. There are definitely both easy and advanced ways of improving your Internet safety but simply following the advice here will help to make doing anything online more secure.
1. KEEP THEM UNIQUE:
Having a unique password for each website you are required to log into is a very good idea, particularly for things like email and online banking. Although security on a banking website is likely to be very good, if you use the same password on a website with less stringent security, you risk it being compromised on one and used to gain access to another. It is not unusual for criminals to harvest passwords from a weak website and then randomly try them on more secure sites.
2. KEEP THEM RANDOM:
Try to avoid using anything that is easy to guess, including personal information like your name, date of birth or address. These things are all very easy to discover and often the first things someone will try to get into your accounts. Also avoid, if possible, using real words or sequential strings of numbers (e.g. 123456789).
3. THE LONGER, THE BETTER:
Short passwords are much easier to crack than long ones, so be sure to avoid anything less than eight characters and, if possible, go for something at least ten characters long. There are 4,000 times more possible combinations of ten letters and numbers than there are for eight letters and numbers. Most good websites require at least eight-character passwords nowadays.
Once you start adding in symbols and mixed-case letters, along with numbers into your passwords, the possible variations rise to over six quadrillions (for an eight-character password). The password “A1z7yDbP” is many thousands of times more secure than “a1z7ydbp”.
5. USE A PASSWORD MANAGER:
For most people, keeping a written list of their passwords is perfectly okay as long as you make sure that it is not left in plain sight on your desk, etc. Even keeping a text document on your computer with your passwords listed is not usually a risk. Just don’t call the file “Passwords” and leave it on the desktop. A much safer way, however, is to use a good password manager. These simple items of software let you store your passwords in a locked file on your computer. As long as you have a very good password to get into the manager, your other passwords will be safe. You then only need to remember one password, instead of multiple ones.
INTERNET SAFETY – ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Many people feel to let their children use the Internet and social networks in particular. Many social networking sites, including Facebook, don’t allow children under 13 years of age to have accounts. Unfortunately, there is little they can do to stop a child below that age entering false details. Rather than a blanket ban on using the Internet and social networks, and potentially have your child visit them behind your back, perhaps a better way to keep your child safe on the Internet is to understand the dangers yourself, and make sure your kids understand them as well.