Just 10 years ago web security was not a major concern. But of course that has changed!
Today it seems that banks, hospitals, department stores and even the government get hacked. How can you keep yourself safe if not even the “big guys” seem to be able to do it?
This is certainly a valid question…
But then again, web security is not as difficult as you might think. If fact, there are some super simple steps you can take to improve web safety for yourself, your family and your business.
The first thing you can do regularly is to start deleting your browsing history correctly.
There are various files stored on your computer as you visit different websites, as you browse the web. These files are as follows:
- URL History – this is simply the history of every web page that you or anyone using your computer has visited. This also includes any data pertaining to downloading files, images and videos.
- Temporary Files – think of these as copies of items that you may have viewed, but not necessarily downloaded. Temporary files allow you to explore the internet faster by saving these files. They do take up room on your hard drive and can lead hackers to sites that you visit regularly.
- Cookies – these are placed onto your computer by websites that you visit. Websites do this to provide you with new content when you revisit that site again.
- Search History – as the name suggests this is a record of items that you have searched for. It can be helpful when it comes to auto filling fields on websites.
Depending on your browser you can remove most of these items yourself. However, the steps to do that vary from browser to browser. Go to your browser’s help files to see how to delete the history if you don’t know how to do it.
Remember that nothing you erase or remove will be deleted 100%. Any technical expert will be able to recover your history if necessary.
This is another easy step that will help protect anyone who uses your computer.
Always password protect your important files and any services that you use online. This includes your password and user name to any banking sites, shopping carts and services, and any websites that you might own.
This prevents any family member, guest or unwanted hacker from accessing your personal information. There is nothing worse than not protecting your PayPal information and a hacker gets a hold of it and decides to go shopping online…
You can protect your information in various ways:
Setting Login Access – this is really helpful if more than one person is going to use the same computer. Simply create user accounts for each person. You can then limit sites that they visit and information they can access on the computer.
Use a password generator! This is a must if you do anything online. There are just too many logins and passwords to keep track of safely today!
Password generators are a great tool to use to protect your user names and password for any online sites that you use regularly. Most internet browsers will offer to remember your information for you.
As you can see it doesn’t take much to add a good layer of security to your home or small business computer.
Just a few simple steps, once implemented, will go a long way!