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Tips for browsing internet safely

Can we live without internet? Absolutely not, internet means everything to us these days. Our business, source of entertainment, keeping in touch with friends and family, everything is done via internet. It is therefore crucially important that when you browse internet you do it safely.

What does browsing internet safely mean?
Now days, everything has become secure, hacking is not easy as it once used to be. Social networking sites have given a lot of importance to security and everything seems so foolproof. Directly hacking may not be so easy these days but there are enough things which can affect your privacy and online security.

Your Facebook account may not get hacked but if you open a page saying youve won million dollars a virus might hit your computer. People often focus their attention on bigger things and ignore the seemingly trivial things but that can be dangerous.

People who want to access your personal information do so in a style you cannot see through in the beginning. They collect your data by clever means like offering you money for giving out your mothers maiden name. These scammers form something like data sim cards which are full of your personal information. Imagine how they can use it against you.

How to browse internet safely?
There are simple points which you should note and practice reasonable precaution when you are online. Here are some important points to remember.

  • Do not give out personal information to a dubious website. They might encourage you to give your password or date of birth but refrain from it.
  • Do not trust strangers, you will find many polite people on social networking sites and chat rooms. Be wary of them.
  • If you receive an unrelated email from an unknown sender, do not open it or download it. Delete it if it looks doubtful to you.
  • Avoid spamming websites. They would fill your inbox with their product offers. Give out your email to websites which contain the product of your interest, not to everyone.
  • Trust your common sense and instincts. If you receive an email from a sender telling you that he has $150000 for you in the bank which was left by a billionaire, you have to ask yourself that what the chances are of this being true. Such things will always lead you into cyber traps.