Precautions You Must Take to Protect Yourself on the Internet

TAKE CARE OF THE SAFETY OF THE BROWSER

All of your efforts to keep your site safe from cyberattacks and viruses can be in vain if you are not careful about your browser security. Or browsers, in the case of people using multiple browsers.

It is important that you keep your browsers always up to date and do not install any extension or add-on of questionable origin in your browsers. Before installing any extension, check, what permissions the extension is requesting. Read the reviews and comments about the extension and do not install it unless you have proven its authenticity and quality.

Also, be sure to configure your browser’s privacy options.

 

TAKE CARE OF COMPUTER SAFETY

Your care must be extended to the entire computer and not just to browsers, keep the operating system always up to date with the latest updates and security fixes.

Get a good commercial antivirus and scan your machine periodically and thoroughly. Always keep the computer’s firewall enabled, and always check the firewall permissions, not giving unnecessary permission to any program or application.

The password for your computer account must be a strong password and difficult to guess.

Limit the access to your computer. And don’t let your friends and family have access to your computer. If you need to let other people use your computer, create a specific account for that.

The latest versions of Windows allow you to create a Guest account for this purpose.
If you create a different account than the guest account, make sure that it does not have administrative privileges.

 

AVOID PUBLIC WIFI

Avoid accessing the administrative area of your website and the control panel of your website hosting account on shared computers. Avoid like the plague places such as Lan-houses, cyber cafes, libraries, schools, airports etc.

You should never trust the security of third party Wi-Fi services or public Wifi’s.

If your website has a lot of sensitive information, including personal and financial information from users and members, make an effort to avoid the use of public Wifi’s.

If you really need to use it, it is preferable to use it using the services of Wi-Fi providers that have some credibility, and it is advisable to do so, always using a good VPN. VPN use is good because it helps prevent any important information from leaking, if there is any vulnerability in the network.

Another measure to take, which is perhaps the most important, is to always make constant and periodic backups.

You can make local and / or cloud backups. If the site is attacked or if suddenly, there is a problem with the server or with the hosting company, you should always have a fresh backup to restore the site to normal.

 

Remember that no matter how secure your website is, your website will never be 100% immune to attacks and viruses. So having always a fresh backup is a smart move.

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