Browsing Safely in 2017: the Tips You Need to Know

While you can load your device or computer with virus detectors, it is crucial that you constantly brush up your knowledge about browsing safely. That is what we shall be discussing this day. No matter what browser you’re using, it is important to be aware that there are viruses and invasive programs that are specifically made to target your computer or device. It was only this year that the WannaCry ransomware virus hit a tremendous amount of users all over the globe.

In light of that, here are a few tips for you to remember whenever you are browsing the internet:


Do not open websites that are not secure

If you’ve ever opened up a website, try to gander a look at the address of the link. You will normally come across something like “https”. The letter ‘S’ stands for secure—this means that the website you are viewed is safe.


Do not click on pop-up windows

A usual tactic by hackers is to create small windows that attach upon unsecured websites. These windows try to mimic social media sites or even ads that declare that you have already won something simply by viewing the website that you are on. This is all a ruse. If you click upon a such a pop-up, you will most likely be prompted to either input your login details for something, fill in a form full of your sensitive information, or even to download and run a particular program.

All of those are malicious programs designed to either steal your personal information or to hijack your computer system.


Be wary of extra files from pirated content

We know for a fact that despite it being a crime, there are loads of people out there that download movies, music, and games off of certain sites. While that is your business, you should be aware that some of those people whose files you are downloaded may come with an unexpected package along for the ride.

Hackers are known to create fake files and give them the name of something else. For example, a hacker will upload a virus in the guise of a movie that has not hit the theaters yet. The user will download the file and run it without realizing that they have downloaded something malicious.


Look out for files that automatically download

Certain types of malware and viruses take advantage of the fact that most people allow their browsers to download content automatically. If you are browsing a website and something starts to download automatically, it is important to act fast. Stop that download immediately. If you do end up downloading it, do not run it. Instead, delete it immediately and run a virus scan for your system.

It would be in your best interest to disable your automatic downloads on your browser to avoid any similar incidents from happening again.


Always be vigilant!

One of the best ways of staying safe while you browse is by being alert at all times. Avoid clicking your mouse continually whenever on a website. You may accidentally select a suspicious link and trigger a download.


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