Smart Internet Tips for 2020

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From the invention of the World Wide Web in 1991 to the creation of Facebook in 2004, the internet has seen many changes over the years. Nowadays, the internet allows us to communicate with one another locally and globally. Almost one-third of the world’s 6.8 billion people use the internet regularly. We have the capability to access, create and share news, data and personal information right at our fingertips. But all of these incredible technological advancements have downsides too. Learn how to enjoy the benefits of the internet while still staying safe online.

Seeing is Not Always Believing

One of the most useful tools the internet has birthed is the ability to access an infinite amount of information instantly. Gone are the days you have to actually pull out an encyclopedia or dictionary to get the answer you’re looking for — now you can simply “Google” it. Don’t get me wrong, this can definitely come in handy for solving family debates or finding a quick dinner recipe, but not for diagnosing those weird symptoms you’ve been having. Unfortunately, not all of the information you find online is accurate, which can sometimes be dangerous. So, internet lesson No. 1 is don’t believe everything you read on the web. Instead, take your time to research, and always be sure to find information from reliable sources and trusted websites.

Outhack the Hackers

Again, not everything on the internet is as it seems. With so many new advances in the way we use and share data online, your personal, financial and business information is extremely vulnerable to hackers. Beat the hackers at their own game by taking a couple of extra security measures to protect yourself and your data.

Avoid phishing scams by never clicking on spammy emails, even if it looks like it was sent from a legitimate entity (i.e. bank). Never share passwords or store important information about yourself on your mobile devices, apps or browsers even if it seems trustworthy. Instead, ensure your device is password protected at all times and use two-factor authentication (i.e. Face ID for iPhones) when applicable.

It’s common to wonder if Wifi is even safe. For an added layer of security, safeguard your data by avoiding public WiFi when possible and only connect to secure WiFi networks when using the internet. Having a strong, password-protected WiFi network will deter hackers and keep your information safe.

Too Much (Personal) Information

With all of the internet changes came the inevitable evolution of social media. At the touch of a button, we have access to anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world. Good social media etiquette is crucial not only for your own safety, but for your own online reputation as well. In fact, 70% of job recruiters rejected applications based on the information they found about candidates online, reports the National Cyber Security Alliance. Here are a few good rules of thumb when using social media platforms:

  • Never disclose your location or personal information with strangers online
  • Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your boss (or your mom) to see
  • Keep your social media accounts private, and only accept friend requests from people you know

As tempting as it may be to freely explore all corners of the internet, precautions still need to be used at all times. Stay safe online with these three simple internet tips.

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