How to stay safe online

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Though it may seem that everyone uses the internet and social media, you may be someone who isn’t particularly confident with it. Whether you don’t see what all the fuss is about or just feel like you don’t need it, there are so many reasons why someone would use the internet less often.

One of the biggest though is certainly because people feel concerned with how safe things are. People naturally want to protect themselves from any danger, even if it’s virtual, so it’s normal to want to avoid this. If you do want to use the internet more and stay safe while doing so, here are just a few tips.

1. Know the dangers

A big part of avoiding certain dangers is being aware of what they are. While the internet is a great place, full of positives, there is a dark side to it as people use it to exploit others. Knowing what and how they do this can be half the battle when it comes to staying safe.

Whether you read blogs on the dangers of sharing your information on unsecured sites or learn cyber security from a course, you can really teach yourself where you might be at risk and how to reduce that risk. 

2. Stay in your comfort zone

You don’t have to do anything online that you don’t want to. If you prefer going into a physical branch of your bank and dealing with your money there rather than online, that’s absolutely fine.

Staying within your comfort zone can make you feel a lot better when surfing the web. The internet has so many uses, so it’s likely that you can still get so much out of it without having to do anything you’re uncomfortable with.

3. Understand the benefits

Understanding the benefits of the internet and online world can really help you feel better about your safety there. There will always be risks with certain things but it’s about balancing the risk and reward that counts.

The internet can make many parts of your life easier and can help you stay connected with your loved ones. If this is something you’d find beneficial, it might be time to use it more and not worry about the negatives too much. 

4. Use a secure WIFI

The idea of sitting in a coffee shop and browsing the web while on your lunch break might sound nice but using a WIFI connection other than your own does pose more risks. While it will be fine in most cases, if you are concerned then it’s probably better to just avoid it altogether.

5. Listen to your browser

If you’re using a good browser, it should warn you when certain sites aren’t showing as 100% secure. This can give you some peace of mind knowing that you will likely be warned if something is not quite right. There are so many great browsers for you to choose from.

Staying safe online is easier than you think when you take the right steps.

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