The online world is a tricky, tricky place. Click, type, or download the wrong thing, and your online situation can go from really good to really bad in a matter of seconds.
So in the spirit of making sure your situation stays far away from really bad, here are 6 things you should probably avoid when you’re online.
Don’t just download whatever.
Always be careful with what you download. Just because someone you may or may not know sends you an email attachment does not mean this attachment should be downloaded. You could end up with a virus or with something worse, like Ransomware. Then… you’d end up looking and feeling an awful lot like this guy.
Don’t postpone updates.
Stop procrastinating and install those updates when they come up. Postponing updates is never a good idea because their purpose might be to better protect your device and to patch up a known security flaw. The longer you postpone these updates, the more vulnerable your devices will become.
Don’t overshare on social media.
Social media is great and can be a fun, simple, not-get-out-of-bed-and-not-spend-any-money way to pass the time. However, when you overshare on social media, plenty of negative things can happen. Sure, we’ve all been told it could potentially ruin your reputation, but it can also tell criminals exactly where you are and what you’re doing and even help hackers break into your accounts. Be careful and maintain some privacy while you’re online.
Don’t leave your devices unattended.
It’s never a good idea to leave your devices anywhere unattended. You should know this. But this also means you shouldn’t leave your devices un-trackable. In other words, you should consider installing an app on your phone, tablet, or laptop that allows you to find the device if it ever goes missing or to remotely wipe its data if you need to.
Don’t get clicker crazy.
Click the wrong ad, and you could end up drowning in a pool of malware. Think before you click, and remember, if the ad is too good to be true, it probably is. In this case, suspicion is always your best ally.
Don’t leave your devices unprotected.
Never, ever leave your devices unprotected. Both your personal and professional network should be covered with a modern, multilayered security solution. It should incorporate features such as anti-spam, anti-virus, and content filtering, and it should provide you with routine updates to keep you and your network ahead of the threats.