Do you ever feel insecure when purchasing items or entering in personal information online? It’s no surprise, a lot of websites these days request personal data when you make a transaction or are filling in a form, so it is important that you understand the risks you are entering when entering information into an unfamiliar site. Gimmitech give their 5 tips on making your internet browsing safer;
- Install a recommended Anti-Virus/Browser protection software – This is the start for many people, but even with the best of browser software packages it isn’t enough. It’s always best to ensure that you have the most up to date and highly recommended virus software as their are new threats constantly
- Use incognito on shared devices – Incognito is a handy tool when it comes to making purchases on a computer that isn’t solely used by you. By using a normal browser window you are running the risk of the browser saving the login details into their system allowing the next person who arrives to be signed in as yourself. Incognito only saves passwords for an active session, and once closed all history and saved data is completely removed.
- Look for the HTTPS – HTTPS is in short a page that is protected by a security certificate. These pages in theory should help protect you from any attempts to retrieve data outside of the site you are browsing. It’s important to check for secure pages when entering in credit card or other payment details.
- Don’t install unnecessary add-ons – Add-ons are really useful for many people when it comes to internet browsing, be it to see the latest tweets or get notifications for their gmail, However, add-ons can also be the root to many identity theft cases, an un-secure add-on can be used to gather information about your browsing habits and even go as far as record on screen habits. When it comes to installing add-ons it is highly recommended that you read the reviews first.
- Keep your browser clean and tidy – It’s always best practice to clear your web history before ending your browsing session. By doing this you remove the data that is stored for your activity in that selected period. When clearing your browser history you will have a dialogue of options depending on your browser, these will be options including your browsing history, auto-fill data, saved passwords and the browsing cache. By getting into the habit of clearing your browsing history on a personal computer it will help you not to forget to clear all history on a public machine too.