They say that the Internet is a maze. It’s teeming with hackers, wannabes, and thieves. And as Internet users, we should do everything we need to take care of our privacy and security. Most of us arm our systems with antivirus software, but we also know that these precautions are still not enough when you are roaming around the Internet. The good news is, securing your Internet life is practically easy. Check out the top three things that you should follow to make your Internet life more safe and sound.

1. Enable Two Factor Authentication

Most of our online accounts such as email and social accounts contain many personal and confidential information. Even though these accounts are password-protected, we all know that there are lots of cybercriminals lurking who can crack these passwords, thus are no longer secure. For this matter, you need a two factor authentication, which provides an additional layer of security by asking for more than a password — for example, a time-based code sent to your mobile device or generated by your mobile device.

Without this extra code, you cannot just log in to your account even if you have entered the actual password. Luckily, most online networking sites and services such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. have already been offering this security feature to its members. In addition, setting up the two factor authentication on any online service will not take more than ten minutes of your time. Therefore, it is a must to enable the two factor authentication feature on your account for additional security, if possible. And don’t think that going through this process is considered annoying, because enabling this is for the protection of your privacy.

2. Use a Password Manager

For most of us, it’s normal to have several online accounts and most of the time, we just use easy-to-remember passwords for most of these accounts in order to avoid the hassle and confusion. But sometimes, these easy-to-remember passwords are also easy to guess, which leads to hacking and stealing of personal and confidential data. Enter the password managers, which can help you generate some easy to remember, yet hard to guess passwords while locking them behind a master password. Furthermore, most password managers like LastPass, Dashlane, KeePass, etc. support multiple platforms so that all your passwords are easily accessible anytime at your fingertips.

3. Use VPNs

One of the most common practices these days is surfing the Internet via a public and unsecure Wi-Fi connection. Of course, who doesn’t want a free Internet connection? The only problem with these unsafe Internet connections is the issue with privacy since it can be very easy for someone to grab your sensitive data within that network. To reinforce your security, you can always go with a VPN or Virtual Private Network connection. This type of connection encrypts all the incoming and outgoing connections over a public network on the Internet. And since your connection via a VPN is encrypted, snoopers will have a hard time to get access to your personal information and Internet activities.

There are a number of free, as well as paid, VPN services that you can get from the Internet. You just need to subscribe to any one of them and use it whenever possible, especially if you’re using a public Wi-Fi connection like in a coffee shop or at the malls. This will make your Internet activity more secure and private.

Like what’s been said initially, these three steps are very simple to follow. In these modern times where everything is at risk, it’s worth the time and effort to practice some extra precautionary measures to protect your identity and your valuable resources from criminals that wanders over the Internet. And for these three tips, it doesn’t need to cost you extra bucks…and you’ll be happier and safer surfing the Internet anytime you want.

 

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:39:57 PM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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