Google celebrated Safer Internet Day by providing internet users with tips and resources on how they can stay safer online. Google posted the tips with the redesign of their “Good to Know” site, which was launched last year to educate consumers on web safety.
“Good to Know” includes advice on how to protect yourself from the dangers of the internet, like identity theft, scams, online fraud, and offers suggestions on how to make computers and mobile devices more secure. The site identifies more than 10,000 unsafe websites every day and informs users and other web companies of the findings.
Here are 10 tips from Google Security experts that every internet user should follow;
1) Use a long, unique password that is made up of more than just letters. Add in numbers and symbols to make it more secure. This is especially important for email accounts and online banking.
2) Never send passwords over an email and never share them with others.
3) Always set up password recovery options and keep them up-to-date.
4) Avoid scams by not replying to or clicking on links inside suspicious-looking emails, instant messages, or webpages.
5) Do your part by reporting and flagging content that is abusive, illegal, or suspicious.
6) Frequently check your privacy and security settings, and customize how you share your content with others.
7) Be mindful of your digital reputation. Think twice before you post something online that is embarrassing, harmful, or inappropriate.
8) Pay attention when you are asked to sign in online. Look to see if the web address starts with https://, this signals you that your connection to the website is encrypted and more resistant to hackers.
9) Always lock the screen on your computer, tablet, or phone when you aren’t using them. Set a password for even more security, this way other people can’t access your personal information.
10) Keep your device’s browser and operating system up-to-date. When you do install software, make sure you are getting it from a trusted source.