Tips for staying safe online

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Concerned about your internet security? Here are several tips for staying safe online.

Update your software

One of the most important things you can do to keep yourself safe online is regularly update software. Software updates often come with security updates, large and small. If you don’t download the update, your device is open to attack from those security gaps.

Use a VPN

A VPN creates a secure, encrypted connection between your device and the internet. Using a VPN means that any information you send or receive over the internet is protected from anyone who shouldn’t be aware of in at what you’re doing. Use it especially when you’re connecting via free Wi-Fi – like in an airport or a cafe – as those networks can be vulnerable to cyber criminals. 

Use a password manager

Do you use the same password for multiple sites? If your answer is yes, I must warn you, it is not very secure. It is essential to create unique passwords for every login and every website.

Now you are asking how to memorize all these password - that’s what password managers have been created for. Password managers are secure vaults where you can store every single password. All you have to remember is one master password to gain access to any login information that you need. They can also generate random passwords for you.

Don’t click on links

As a general rule, don’t click on any links sent to you – whether it’s via SMS, another messenger, or even your email – without checking in with the person or company the message is from first.

Use a reliable DNS

DNS protection comes with the following capabilities:

Phishing and Malware Protection

This capability locks out websites containing malicious or potentially dangerous content like scams and viruses. Regular users and staff may not identify a phishing attempt, and this can jeopardize your systems. Blocking alone can’t provide adequate protection against advanced attacks. The best way to avoid falling for these types of attacks is to adopt a content filtering solution and educating staff about these common risks.

Botnet Protection

Botnets are fast turning out to be perilous threats in the digitally connected world of IoT devices. DNS protection secures your system from botnets that might overrun your system and block communication with common botnet servers. This can substantially protect your devices.

Content Filtering

You can implement this to block unwanted content ranging from adult sites to unsecure platforms. You don’t need to purchase and install software on your PCs and office devices because it works within the DNS. This can be more beneficial than typical filtering solutions and will reduce the chances of staff visiting “bad neighborhoods” with a high risk of malicious attacks.

Ad-Blocking

This is part of the content filtering capabilities that blocks advertisements that attempt to collect vital information from staff or those with malicious applications within them. Most ads aren’t directly ill-disposed. However, they can have a significant impact on your system performance and efficiency and limit employee productivity.

Better Speeds

Improving your system speeds can make you more efficient and boost overall productivity. Most of the time, protected DNS servers offer faster lookups than those offered by service providers. Securing your DNS also increases reliability. Since DNS resolution is used several times when connecting to the internet, an incremental enhancement can substantially improve your performance levels.

Typo Correction

Threat actors are getting more innovative and nowadays use cunning ways like purchasing typo domains that mimic the original, regular domains. They install malicious software or use them to collect vital data from unsuspecting staff once they log on to them and key in access details. Fortunately, DNS protection corrects typos like “instagrm.com” to “instagram.com”