How to protect yourself online

Getting online means surf or browse internet or web by means of mobile or laptop or PC.

People use the internet to use social media networks (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest etc) by means of mobile apps or different website. Some people use the internet to hear music or to watch videos on websites such as YouTube, Netflix, Saavn, Spotify etc.

To normal office person or a business person getting online means getting some work done by means of creating or presenting their ideas through email or even sharing presentation.

As you all know the internet is very useful if you use it wisely. In other scenarios our careless behaviour may result in virus attack, ransomware attack, data loss or data theft which can cost you dearly earned money. To avoid this kind of problem we should keep in mind some basic things asunder.

Download everything from Internet

Use Google Chrome

Google Chrome browser

To open website we use a browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, or even Microsoft internet explorer. Among this plethora of browsers, I recommend using Google Chrome because it is simple and secure compared to others.

Use security plugin or extension for PC browser


Much antivirus software provides free browser extensions such as Avast, Avira, AVG, Bitdefender, Kaspersky etc. When you are online this security antivirus extensions prevents you from opening malicious or dangerous sites.

Pop up ads and malware

On a website when you click on a link, do check where it is pointing. Some hacker creates such a link that it leads to viruses or malware. In desktop or laptop, you can check this by moving your cursor on the link, and in below you can find link address as shown pic.

Know link address in chrome browser

On mobile browser tap on the right button/link as there may be a same looking button on the same page to confuse you further as shown in the pic. Easy to make a mistake.

Know real link in google chrome

Free !

On social media such as WhatsApp we sometimes receive fake massages like share massage to a group or other people to win a free gift, mobile recharges, prize, pizza coupon or anything which is limited up to scamster’s imagination only.


Once you click the link, a site opens in the browser and then asks you to give your detail and instructs you to forward a message to other people. So, in this manner, the scamster is able to gather your details to use for some nonstandard use.

Always remember to not share this kind of fake massages. When you click this kind of fraud messages, your private details such as name, number and email are taken and they are used to send spam or even used to send viruses or even in hacking attempts.

 Also Read: Download everything from Internet

Passwords and Username

Avoid using the same password on each website or account. Always change your password every six months or earlier if you can manage. Use alphanumeric password which contains numbers with latter including Capitals and Special characters such as !, @, # .

Being Antisocial!

Avoid sharing your personal details such as phone number, birth date, e-mails to avoid misuse.

Instead, use direct massaging to give details to someone you knows if necessary.

Post sensibly as a hacker can take control of your account or your mobile or laptop/PC by using your own details which are shared into the public.


Update your mobile and apps ASAP.  At most update contains security patches to protect your device.

On PC always remember to update anti-virus and other software.

For example, if you have purchased antivirus software and if you do not update it then it would be useless; because it would not detect any new virus or malware for the case.

That is why always Update, Update, & Update.

Be safe

Take the utmost care when online, share only to those whom you know. Use well-reputed apps and software with the latest updates installed. If any doubt, just Google it online.

Till next time take care.

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