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Five mistakes people are making online

There’s a lot of bad things you can do to endanger your privacy and security online. But here’s the five biggest mistakes people are making online.

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Now, more people than ever before are online. In fact, 3.2 billion, almost half of the world’s population are now online. Technologies are very much leading the 21st century and are at the forefront of the majority of people’s lives. Last year, it was reported that the UK now spends more time online each day than sleeping.

Though for the all the time people spend online, they keep falling victim to basic mistakes. Unfortunately, such mistakes are jeopardizing their security, though, on a fortunate note, we’re here to highlight the five mistakes people are making online so you can avoid them yourself.

  1. Choosing basic passwords. It makes sense that the password you’ve chosen seems strong to you, how can anyone possible guess the random word you’ve chosen? Not enough people ask themselves ‘is my password secure‘. Well often, that password is a common phrase, your name or relates to your spouse or pet and is all in lower case. Make sure that your password is more than six characters long and is padded with numbers and special characters, e.g. ‘3!d0Gg3!’ rather than just ‘dogggg3’.
  2. Another common mistake is the failure to use a decent anti-virus program. Protecting your PC from deadly viruses doesn’t have to cost a fortune and there is actually a host of reputable few programs out there that will run scans on your system and highlight any malware. It’s essential that your protect your laptop or PC from any malicious software and downloading an anti-virus program to ensure this is both free and simple, well worth it.
  3. Responding to harmful e-mails is also a common mistake. Admittedly, you aren’t to know that the very authentic looking e-mail informing you of a tax rebate you’re due is fake but it very much is. Scammers use a number of tricks, often ones promising money or informing you, you need to change your password in order to gain access to your personal information. Always check the address of the sender is familiar to you and if you need to be sure, Google it, or just delete the e-mail.
  4. On a similar note, following rogue links is a huge mistake. This may be from a harmful e-mail, a link a friend has sent you or something you’ve seen on Facebook. Somebody in your contact list may have fallen victim to a hacker and as a result, is sending out spam e-mails, if the message is not like something your friend would usually send, don’t click the link and delete the e-mail. If you see something on Facebook for free vouchers or something that looks too good to be true, use your common sense.
  5. Using the same password may seem convenient and it is, convenient for hackers to be able to gain access to all of your social media, e-mail and financial accounts. Whilst it may be fuss to remember numerous passwords for several different accounts, it’s worth it if you think of how well you’re being secured.
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