Staying safe seems to be getting more and more difficult online. I was surprised when I did a google search for my email address and actually found it. And reports of hacks and security breaches have only increased online.
These malicious applications are not just made to destroy files anymore. Most of them are made to steal personal information, passwords and usernames.
Most of the users online do not have any idea how things work and almost all of them have little to no control over the effects of the actions they take online: from clicking a button to downloading a file to signing up on a website.
It’s no wonder search engines, web browsers companies and other security firms want all websites to integrate SSL certificates.
The Online Reality
Actually, security online is not like the everyday thing we have at home and offices, where we have better control of our assets: everybody knows how the lock the door or lock a car and wind up the glasses.
But there is a ton of people going online daily who know how to use the computers and smartphones, sign up for dozens of useless email and social media accounts but have no idea how to stay safe.
And they are not just the ones in danger. One vulnerable individual poses a threat to himself, friends and even the company he works for.
If you had a conversation with someone through any medium and the person gets hacked, every bit of what you said to that person is most likely going to be found too.
Can you really stay Safe?
A malware could get into a computer system if the user simply clicks on a link in an email; especially from an unknown source. There are a lot of ways a user can protect his devices from such malware.
A lot of us have been putting them in practice right from the first day we learnt them:
- Don’t click on links in emails from unknown sources. Don’t even open them.
- Stay away from suspicious sites and so on.
Even when we try so hard to keep our system free of malware (at least the ones that get into computer systems when a user clicks on link or downloads a malicious file in an email), sometimes we cannot actually tell the site URL or the content on the site we visit through a link in an email because we believe the link is safe.
The truth is: even when we try to follow some instructions or guidelines to keep our systems safe, we could still be really vulnerable.
So the next time you are clicking in an link email, you would understand the real threat that click poses to you, your loved ones and even the organisation you work for.
With the way things are, users have to be extra careful – not just with emails:
- Update you antivirus
- Upgrade your Operating System
- Be careful with links and files
- Request text-only emails if you can
- And keep your eyes on the news