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20 Things you must know

There is no foolproof way to stay safe online. Never think that your security software or your new operating system will protect you. There is more that you must do to augment your cyber defense.

Always consider yourself a target for hackers when using your computer. Think about what you are doing and who may be intruding when on the web. Trust nobody!

Update your operating system and all installed software. Install the latest security updates. Patch your software whenever new security patches are released. Don't forget Adobe Flash, Java and PDF software.

Turn off Java in your browser and set Adobe Flash to "click to play". Most of the Internet will work without them and you can always turn them back on when using gmail or youtube.

Try using less popular browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

Back up your data so that you can restore your files anywhere. Consider storing your data on a removable drive and using the hard drive of your computer for backup. Add or remove external storage only when the your computer is off.

Don't ever think that you have nothing to hide. Think of what you would have to do to restore your files and data.

Install genuine Anti Virus software. Free AV is much better than nothing as long as it is a known brand but don't expect to get complete protection. Do not run more than one AV program at the same time. Do run anti-malware. alongside your AV. software.

If you are. using Windows, you should use anti-malware software.

Free trial packages such as Anti Virus from well known vendors are usually safe. Unknown free software often comes with dangerous applications that can compromise your security.

Check your privacy settings on your browser, social media and mobile devices. Set security high for normal use.

Use strong passwords with numbers, upper and lower case letters and special characters. Never use the same password more than once.

Consider using a good password manager generate and store your passwords. Buy a known brand and activate 2 factor authentication.

Enable two factor authentication on your social media, Google and other accounts whenever possible.

No one can see what you don't have. Think twice before creating or downloading anything that you wouldn't want exposed.

Don't open the links or attachments of an email If you don't recognize the sender. Never click on a link that comes from a banking or financial site. Access the sites directly instead.

Beware of emails from sites with foreign ending such as .com.de or .com.ru

Buy a Chromebook for online shopping, banking and general browsing. They are more secure than your personal computer and cost a lot less.

Use common sense. Stay away from obscene, antagonistic and strange websites. Get out fast if you accidentally land on one. Many of these can compromise your computer.

Check to see what sites are using cookies or saving your personal data. Find out whether they will share it and how long they will retain it.

Mobile devices are an easy prey to data, privacy and money thieves. Your smartphone is always on. do not set it remain unlocked. Change your four digit Pin periodically.

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