The web can be a dangerous place, so it is important to take the necessary precautions to navigate safely.
Many times, people do not take the precautions that they should on the Internet because they think that the inconveniences involved in surfing safely are not worth it. However, this is a serious mistake, as security should always be a priority, and taking some basic precautions doesn’t even involve that much hassle.
These 5 little tricks can be put into practice simply and quickly and will allow you to safely.
Use HTTPS Everywhere
It is difficult to understand how today this function is not integrated by default in large browsers. Most websites already offer an HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) connection that is considerably more secure than HTTP because it encrypts everything that happens between you and the browser.
HTTPS Everywhere is an extension that redirects you to the HTTPS connection of the page you visit (as long as it exists, of course). You can install it in Chrome, Firefoxy Opera.
Keep your browser updated
Many people believe that updating their browser only gets new features and bug fixes, but browser updates also have many security patches for new threatsand vulnerabilities that are discovered.
Normally, your browser has activated the automatic updates by default, but if not, you can update it manually very easily. Normally you can do it in the Information tab of your browser settings.
Use incognito mode when browsing a foreign computer
If you use a computer in a public space, such as a library or a coffee maker, it is important for your privacy that you use the incognito mode. This way, no one can see afterwards what you have visited, and not all the accounts you have logged into different services will be saved.
Keep in mind, that is, that the downloads made in incognito mode are registered in the browser, and that Incognito mode does not protect you from being tracked.
You have to know where you click
The web is a huge, fast-paced place, and while that has its benefits, of course, it can also end up in an unwanted place without you even realizing it. You are clicking on links without being completely clear where you are going and at any time your security is jeopardized.
So it is important that you know where you are clicking. The least you can ask for is a bit of common sense and observation when browsing, but if you want to go a step further, there are a couple of tools that can help you quite a bit.
ipty.de/av is an extension that allows you to escan a link to check whether it is safe or not, a simple and effective measure to check whether or not you should click on a link when you have doubts. LongURL is an extension that allows you see the full link of a shortened one to know where you are really going.
Activate security options in the services you use
On a slightly more specific level, it is important that you also protect the information that you keep in the accounts of different services on the Internet. Using a good password is a good measure, but you should take a look at the settings for each service to see what you can improve on security.
Activate two-step verification it is one of the most basic and useful measures. Periodically checking which applications you give access to your service accounts like Google, Facebook, Twitter or Dropbox and cleaning everything you don’t use or is suspicious is also important.
Safe browsing will become a reality simply by applying these 5 little tips. Obviously you can take much more action, but with this you will at least have the basic protection that everyone should have.