It’s safe to say that we live in an online world, especially when you consider the amount of time everyone spends on the internet. While we’re not at the level yet where we’re living virtually like in The Matrix, the internet plays an integral part in everyday life. It’s used for day-to-day things, like work websites, communications, gaming, streaming, and education.
But unfortunately for you and every other online user, cybercriminals are lurking about, trying to ruin things. So, to ensure you can keep on enjoying living life and using the internet to the best of your ability, it’s important to know how to beat those cybercriminals head-on. Here are a few of the best methods.
Know that they’re out there
It may sound odd, but awareness is key to tackling cybercriminals. By knowing that they are active online and potentially could be targeting you as a victim, you know that you’re going to take steps to keep yourself safe. And it’s important that you do because every time you go online, you run the risk of a hacker trying to get hold of your personal information. All your details on your devices, such as passwords, addresses, and banking information, can all be taken. But now you know that there is the risk; you just need to be more vigilant. Especially when hackers are getting smarter, meaning you need to too.
The best tips to stay safe
We’ve put together some tips which should keep you safe online. You may already be doing them, so then at least it’ll serve as a gentle reminder. If you’re not, then hopefully you will now. The first thing is to make sure a website you’re on is secure. Look for the padlock icon on the URL bar and check the security certificate. If it’s a website that you make a purchase on, you want to make sure that the URL begins with ‘https’ for that added safety. Then, it’s on to the fine print reading. We know it’s not always the most fun, but it’s something we’ve learned to do when reading up on the latest cybersecurity news, as that’s where people often get caught out. So make sure you check all the terms and conditions and privacy policies of a website – if you don’t like what it says, then don’t proceed anymore.
An even better way to stay safe
And perhaps the easiest to do is to use a VPN. This virtual private network is a great tool in helping give you extra security and privacy when you’re online. It will work on your computer, tablet, cell phone – even your Xbox. A VPN disguises your IP address – your source of origin when you’re going on the internet. That means when you’re going online; your original IP address will be hidden from all cybercriminals; instead, the only thing they’ll see is the IP address from the VPN. The added bonus is that when you use a VPN, you can choose a different server location from a different country – and that’s what the cybercriminal will see. They’ll also have to contend with the encrypted, high-end security, so even if they ever breakthrough, they’ll still have no idea as to your virtual whereabouts!
Installing a VPN is easy to do too. You simply download it and get it up and running. Then you select a server location and begin your web browsing from whatever device you’re on. Now, all your personal information that’s stored on websites or your devices will be hidden and protected. Imagine you own an e-commerce store – it’s not just your data you must protect; it’s all your customers.
Have you ever been out and about in public and just used a public wi-fi network to quickly check something on your cell? Perhaps to send a message to a friend or look up directions? It’s an easy thing to do, especially with so many public networks available. However, these networks can be very risky to use, and cybercriminals often target people who log in to them. You can beat that with a VPN as you’ll be able to browse in full privacy and get your directions or send messages without revealing any of your own details, keeping you and your device safe.
It’s an unfortunate state of affairs that cybercriminals are trying to scam you online or steal your information. But fortunately, it’s something that can be avoided simply by installing a VPN onto your device. You can stay safe, protected, and enjoy complete online privacy. Sounds good, doesn’t it?