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How Can We Stay Safe Online?

Written by Jimmy Rustling

The online world is something that must be treated with caution as much as it is used as a tool for people’s enjoyment. There is no doubt that going on the internet and surfing the web is a fun experience, especially if the user happens to end up on a casino site or two. This is because playing online is a great way to win large sums of money, but people must take care when they do an activity such as this as there is always danger whenever someone goes online.

How has the world changed?

This didn’t always use to be the case though. Of course, before the internet was a thing and virtually no one has computers in their homes, the only threats that people had to worry about were physical. People were in relative safety within their own homes, and their personal information was safe albeit apart from the worry of a thief stealing a wallet or a purse.

Now, the world has changed, and as people have moved what is most valuable online – their personal information – thieves and other criminals have also made the same transition. The difference now is that they have many tools at their disposal and commit crimes from the comfort of their own home. Given this, it only makes sense that people should want to know how to stay safe when they surf the web.

Online safety

Fortunately, there are many things that everyone can do so that they are at less of a risk online. For example, people should take care and ensure they aren’t opening any emails that arrive from an unrecognised source. Emails are a breeding ground for viruses and they will try to infect a person’s computer by getting them to open the email and even download an attachment. Of course, this is not something that anyone should be doing. If the email looks odd and is not one that was expected, it is always best to delete it straight away.

Many might have heard of VPNs, but they might not have any idea of what they actually are. VPNs stand for virtual private networks and can prove useful in masking the approximate location of users who make use of them. This will stop the user’s IP address from being viewed by other parties.

The simplest and arguably strongest way to protect one’s personal information online is ensuring that all passwords online are different and strong. There will likely be many people who have the same password for everything, which can spell disaster if a hacker gets access to one account. People should instead have multiple, complex passwords, and store them physically for peace of mind.

Is the internet dangerous?

While people need to take caution when going on the internet, this is the same for any aspect of life. The internet should not be feared as it is a fun and exciting place to surf, but it should be respected and the relevant precautions should always be taken in order to have the best protection.

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About the author

Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.