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While there is no such thing as a perfectly safe world, in real life or on the internet, there are things that you can do to ensure that you have less to worry about every time you use the internet. In the modern world that we live in today, using the internet for our personal or professional purposes, is no longer an option. It is a necessity. In some schools, there are rules and guidelines all set up to help teachers and students defend themselves from possible ‘attacks’ online.

Changing your password
I know it’s a troublesome and some people are afraid that they are going to forget the password that they changed it to, so on and so forth. But if you are serious about tackling malicious people on the prowl or worry about your banking password being hacked, then you WILL change your password every now and again.

Once again, changing your password is not merely just ‘changing your password’. It is now ‘changing your password to a harder to hack one’ or something that ‘people can’t figure out by looking at your personal information or your Facebook or Twitter account’. Reality is that when a hacker hacks through one account with your username and password, they are going to try out those passwords on all other websites that you are using; therefore, use different passwords for different websites.

Yes, it makes life a whole lot more complicated but this is necessary in the day and age of modern technology and the rife rise of cyber crimes.

Don’t let the ads get to you
It may seem like nothing to you when you use those free websites but reality is that your personal information and your browsing data is extremely precious to advertisers. They are thirsty about what you like and don’t like and there are people who collect such information from free tools and websites. What is worse is that when they get into your computer, they will plant malwares to actually record and send back those information to them for compilation purposes and sell it when advertisers are looking for it.

Things you will need to minimize (you cannot possibly stop ALL of them) the risk is to always, ALWAYS have your anti-virus running, download, install and use spybot detectors and download extensions that blocks all the planting of malwares into your computer.

Anything that you use with your real name can be traced back to you
Some people use fake names or anonymous accounts for very good reasons; everything that you register with your real name can be tracked back to you. You Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest and Youtube accounts can be traced and used in the future for legal or marketing purposes. For sensitive stuff, we strongly recommend that you use a dummy account.

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