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How to Navigate the Internet Safely

Written by Bryan Chen

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There is no question that the internet has become an integral part of modern life. People are accessing the internet anywhere at any time through the mass development of smartphones. The internet essentially creates a giant community in which people can easily communicate in. This can be seen as a perfect place for cybercriminals to find victims. Although the Internet can feel like a fun place with many things to do, it is always good to be aware of the potential dangers hiding in the shadows.

There are many threats lurking behind every corner in the realm of the Internet. One misclick can accidently download a malicious program that can harm your computer. Educating yourself on some common computer threats can help keep your information and computer safe.


Commons Threats
1. Viruses
2. Phishing Scams
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Viruses

Viruses are a form of malicious software intended to do damage on a device. They can do a variety of things such as steal and delete data. A common way for computers to be infected by viruses is by accidently or unintentionally downloading files that contain a virus.

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are when cybercriminals pretend to be legitimate companies and ask for personal information. The most common form of a phishing scam are emails that request for information such as bank account numbers and passwords.

Internet Security Quick Tips
1. Keep a unique, complex password for each of your accounts.
2. Install an antivirus.
3. Be cautious.

1. Keep a unique, complex password for each of your accounts.

It is good practice to create a new, unique password for every account that you make. Make sure your password is at least 12 characters long and contain a variety of characters including numbers and symbols such as !@# if possible. By having a unique, complex password for each account, if one of your accounts gets compromised, then your other accounts should still be safe.

2. Install an antivirus.

An antivirus is a computer's shield against harmful malware such as viruses and worms. The antivirus can be used to scan the computer for existing threats, remove them and protect the computer from future threats.

3. Be cautious.

If something looks too good to be true, it probably isn't true. Be careful where you click when there are suspicious advertisements or pop-ups. Make sure emails are from legitimate sources. If you're not sure, don't open it. It's better to be safe than sorry.

These tips are only for general safety and will not completely protect you. As technology advances, cybercriminals will evolve with it. You should research more tips and stay updated with technological news.


Works Cited:

Sanchez, Michael. "The 10 most common security threats explained." Cisco, https://blogs.cisco.com/smallbusiness/the-10-most-common-security-threats-explained

Davis, Gary. "10 Tips To Stay Safe Online." McAfee, https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/consumer/consumer-threat-notices/10-tips-stay-safe-online/

"Spam and Phishing." Stay Safe Online, https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/online-safety-basics/spam-and-phishing/

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