This is the 21st century where everybody needs internet services to make himself compete with the swift modern era. Internet is a boom to information and communication technology. People from all age groups, all professions and all backgrounds use internet. Some use it for communication, some for information and some for mere entertainment. It appears as if no activity is possible without internet today. But every coin has two sides in the same way this boom has brought certain flaws with it. For instance there have been many cases of cyber crime these days which has lead to fatal consequences at times. Thus it is very important to stay safe online and we should adopt certain measures to ensure safety online.
10. Help your family to check computer security on regular basis
Family is the most important aspect of our lives and we should take help of our family member in relation to online security. We should evaluate computer security at least twice a year. To help remember this do it when you change the clocks for daylight-savings time! Check for all items listed previously.
9. Regularly download security protection update “patches”
Security flaws are regularly found in operating systems and application soft wares. Companies that make software release quick fixes called patches that you should install to correct the latest software flaw. It is a good idea to check for security updates on the publishers website for all the software you own.
8. Back up your computer regularly
Help your family to back up all the household computers into external media such as cd’s or floppies. It is always a safe measure to keep a back up of these kind of media because a sudden breakdown of the computer software may not leave you without your important data.
7. Diconnect from internet when not in use
Internet is a two way road where you send as well as receive the information. Turning off the internet makes it sure that someone else can’t enter your computer and cause damage of any kind. Disconnecting your computer from internet when not online makes it sure that no one can cause damage or access your system without your permission. It makes you much safer online.
6. Do not share access to your computer with strangers.
It is always better to learn safe file sharing. Your computer operating system may allow other users on the network , including the internet to access hard drive of your computer in order to share files. This ability to share files can infect your computer with a virus or lok at the files on your computer if you do not pay close attention. Check your operating system and other program help files to learn how to disable file sharing. Thus do not share access to your computer with strangers.
5. Protect your computer with firewalls
Install firewalls for your family , its not difficult. Firewall helps prevent hackers from breaking in your computer or the other computers that belong to your family. Firewall helps prevents the thieves from stealing and using private information including your phone number and your credit card numbers , which may be stored on your family computer.
4. Use hard-to-guess passwords and keep them private
Do not write your passwords on small pieces of paper and tape it to your computer. Do not tell your password to anybody. It is supposed to be remembered in your heart only. You would be surprised to know that how many people are sloppy in keeping their passwords safe and secret. Password that are easy to guess are not a good choice. If your name is “David” than it is not wise to keep your password “David.” Change your password frequently and do not disclose it to anybody. Tell your family that combinations of letters and signs are hard to crack than simple words.
3. Do not open email from unknown sources
Delete email from unknown sources. Watch out for the files attached to the emails particularly those with extension “exe” ven if the people those have sent the mail are known to you. Some files transport and distribute files other program that can damage and destroy your computer and websites. Do not forward email if you are not sure that files attached to it are not safe.
2. Use anti-virus software
A computer virus is a program that can invade your computer and damage or destroy information. Anti- virus is designed to you and your computer against virus. But with new viruses emerging daily anti-virus programs need to be updated regularly. Check the website of your anti-virus company to see sample descriptions of viruses and get regular updates for your software. Stop virus in their tracks only!
1. Be a responsible cyber citizen.
If you use internet, you a citizen of a global community- a cyber citizen. Just being a citizen of your local community a cyber citizen also has certain responsibilities. Use internet to get and spread information that is helpful in making the life of people at large a better life. Keep safe , use good manners and respect laws.