No one denies that technology has successfully made our lives easier and allowed us to enjoy more quality time with our friends and families rather than spend it doing things that a machine can do on our behalf. However, you know what they say, “take the good with the bad,” and technology definitely has a bad side in it.
Whatever you want to do online, You’ll need to share much about yourself. If you’re going to open a bank account, for example, you’ll need to share your information, date of birth, physical address, email address, and phone number. Can you imagine what could possibly happen if a hacker finds a way to your information?
Let’s not forget to mention the information we share with online shopping applications and websites, such as credit card numbers, bank account information, phone numbers, and physical address, in some cases.
Let’s tell you briefly about the different types of threats that every internet user might face and how to prevent them from invading your device.
What Can Threaten My Privacy?
So, what is there exactly to beware of? Actually, there are a lot of threats on the internet, and they are getting more sophisticated and smart every day. So far, these are the most common threats, according to Several.com, that you need to pay attention to:
- Phishing emails: This is one of the most common threats online, but it’s not really hard to prevent; all it takes is to avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading files from unknown email addresses. Paying attention to the URL can also save the day if the link asks for credentials and sensitive information.
- Webcam hacking: People usually have serious concerns about webcam hacking attempts. They try to avoid it by placing tape on their webcams, which we find very helpful to guarantee privacy while you’re at home. However, similar attacks are not easy to perform; it might happen though that your device allows malicious software to access your webcam.
- Browser extensions: There are some browser extensions that collect users’ data. However, try to check the terms and policies before hitting the “I agree” button.
- Ad tracking: It sometimes happens that you search for something on the internet and find related advertisements start to pop up right after; it is because of the data you have previously provided to a search engine, which is used by the search engine to send you targeted ads based on your interest.
- Viruses and Ransomware: These two can be avoided by checking the link before clicking on it and never downloading files from an unknown source.
A Few Steps to Safeguard Your Personal Data
We need to agree on one thing before getting any deeper, which is you’ll never be completely secure as long as you’re online. No matter how careful you are and how secure your device is, once you’re surfing the web, security is never 100% preserved. However, there are a few steps to follow and maintain the best privacy and protection for your data:
- Never click on a suspicious link or download files from an unknown source. Actually, you might come across some inviting pop-ups that tell you that you have won a free service or cash; this is probably a trap.
- Don’t share sensitive information on public Wi-Fi networks because you can’t trust its security procedures and protocols. Furthermore, they are vulnerable to cyberattacks and easily accessible.
- Beware of what you share on your social media accounts; this is a very common mistake amongst internet users; oversharing information makes it easier for hackers to track and find a way to your personal data.
- To avoid falling victim to cyberattacks, keep your software and operating system updated. In addition, it is highly recommended to use trusted antivirus software to eliminate any threats and send you notifications whenever your device is subject to any attack.
As we said earlier, once you’re online, threats are inevitable. However, there are some tips to follow and avoid ending up a victim of cybercrime. It is also always a good idea to use security software to protect your data and keep your connection private.
Passionate Writer, Blogger and Amazon Affiliate Expert since 2014.