Tutorial on Online Security for Everyone – This Is All That Matters!

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Online Security For Everyone Tutorial on Online Security for Everyone   This Is All That Matters!

No matter if you are a newbie or a tech savvy, no matter if you make use of your Internet connection on a daily basis and for various reasons or occasionally and just for the basics. It is under no argument that some simple guidelines related to your online safety can be proven to be vital for you. This is why we have created this thorough tutorial. We have broken down the advice offered, according to your primary needs. Feel free to read through the suggestions that we offer, in order to empower your online security level and get the relief that comes from thorough protection. Let’s get started:

1. Newbies and the Basics

  • Making use of Security Suites is imperative and there is no way you can ever survive without it. Nowadays, there is free anti-virus software that makes things even better for anyone who does not have money to spare on something that important. Check out AVG or Avast and get your security enhanced from day one.
  • Choosing your password wisely can save you from a lot of trouble on the long run. Whether passwords have to do with your email account or your online accounts of every sort or even the OS you use, you will need something that is hard to decrypt. Remember that a strong and hard to break down password should contain mixed letters, numbers and symbols and its size should be 8 characters minimum. Ideally, do not use any info that can be found in your Facebook profile or is linked to your daily habits or words that mean something altogether.
  • Updating your system regularly (through automatic updates of OS and apps) can be really handy to you.
  • No file and printer sharing should be an option for you, unless there is a good reason.
  • Never open attachments and emails sent from people that have no relation with you. It is not highly likely that someone has just sent over to you a way to make millions of dollars with one click. So, beware of the dangers and be cautious when you forward such emails as well.
  • No personal information given out easily on your behalf. There are many threats lurking in the dark and you should be made aware of such dangers. Even if it might seem trivial to let others know your home address, in reality this should be a no-no for various reasons.
  • SSL certification as a must-have for all financial transactions made online. This is a certification enhancing protection and therefore you need to make sure that the website you have visited is using it, prior to making your purchases or any other banking or account transaction.
  • Encryption as your best friend can work wonders! Make use of encryption options, such as VPN, in order to embrace anonymous web surfing without any risk as you go.
  • Last but not least, backup files should be made frequently in avoidance of any data loss that can be lethal for you.
  • 2. Parents and Caution for Family Use

  • Check out the parental control of each OS and determine your own needs. Depending on the use of the web and the demands of each child of yours, adjust those controls towards your personalized needs.
  • Log-on IDs for each child can really do the trick and thus you are strongly suggested to create different passwords for every child of yours.
  • Content filtering on emails, websites, IM and so on can help you out along the way. You can block any website you feel should not be accessible to your children, such as those which include adult content or even gambling. Browse through your options in the Security tab and check for content filtering or else check the OpenDNS or lastly contact the tech support of the OS you are using for further info.
  • 3. P2P Lovers and Sharing Options

  • It is best only to share files with people you already know. Otherwise, there is great chance that the file is compromised and even includes malware etc. You can share torrents with friends and acquaintances, without breaking a sweat about online threats.
  • If you want to share files with unknown users though, you should always check those files before actually watching or listening to them with the proper scanning for malware.
  • All the files that are not ready to use, unless you download an additional proprietary codec should be avoided at all costs. Delete them at once!
  • It is essential that both your P2P service and your anti-malware software are kept up to date. This will help you avoid a lot of dreadful effects over time.
  • 4. File Sharers and Their Needs

  • Share only the files that you are obliged to and do not go the extra mile, when it comes to sharing. This can be crucial for the prevention of further damage or compromising within those files.
  • Once you are over with the specific files sharing, you should not leave it as it is. Ideally, you should stop file sharing when you do not have to do that.
  • If you have to share an account, it is better to create a different one from scratch and only use it for specific reasons. In this way, you avoid sharing your original account with others and thus have to deal with shared privileges and unauthorized intrusion to your personal data.
  • As for the number of users that can simultaneously share files and accounts, you should limit them to a couple at a time.
  • 5. Gamers and Security Risks

  • Games have been going from strength to strength and online options have been made more appealing over time. In order to protect yourself while playing, you should seek the Game Mode on your anti-virus software or any other security suite you make use of. This will offer you the chance to indulge in gaming without worrying about negative effects of malware and other online dangers.
  • Do not just download add-ons, simply because they offer exceptional benefits to you during your game. Some files can be really threatening and they can allow access to your account, without your consent. Always download from places and services that you know are well respected and trusted.
  • 6. Mac Users and Their Tailored Needs

  • Since malware is common in Mac OS, you should make sure that the anti-virus software you use is reliable and powerful. On the contrary, you should double check the establishment of your anti-virus software in avoidance of similar problems that have been dealt with some years ago with Mac Defender (which turned out to be fake).
  • Beware of Keychain. It is indeed a great place for you to store your passwords, but you should be cautious and go to Keychain Access first. Then go to Edit and Change Settings. This will allow you to enable Lock on sleep and it will keep your passwords secured at all times. Of course, your Keychain password should not be the same as your account password for more solid protection.
  • 7. Laptop Owners and Specialized Needs

  • Having a password for your laptop’s BIOS can be really helpful. Enable one through the use of System’s Settings and hold on to that, by all means!
  • Windows password is equally important for you and so you need to do that before accessing your laptop.
  • Make sure that your laptop is somewhere safe, even when you are not around. For example, in a hotel you can place it inside the safe.
  • Passwords you use should not be accessible to whoever gets your laptop. There is no use in enabling passwords, if you are going to keep them inside the transportation bag you use for your laptop!
  • Always keep an eye on your laptop when travelling!
  • Encrypt any files and other data you feel are important to you. You can use BitLocker or SafeHouse Explorer to do so.
  • Tracking software can help you find your stolen laptop without fail. So, do not underestimate its value and start using it. Hopefully, it will never come in handy – still, you should always be on the safe side!
  • This is it! We hope that this tutorial has made online security a little more comprehensible to you. Feel free to learn more info and details as to the customized security needs of yours. We are always at your disposal, in an effort to raise awareness on this really important issue of our times. Embrace the web and its endless possibilities, but always keep on guard against any threats and dangers lurking!