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How to Browse Safely Online and Avoid Being Infected by a Virus?

Did you know there’s one hacker attack every 39 seconds?

If you’ve never been a cyberattack victim, it’s easy to dismiss such an otherwise alarming stat. Hackers don’t just target organizations. They also go after individuals like you.

In fact, the number of individual attacks is on a rapid increase, fueled by the fact that, unlike organizations, individuals are soft targets.

One of the places where you’re likely to become a victim is on the web. Have you thought about the risk you face when browsing online?

Keep reading for a guide on how to browse safely and keep your personal data secure.

Install Antivirus Software

Installing an antivirus application on your internet-enabled devices is by far the most effective way to keep yourself safe. An antivirus detects a virus and either destroys or prevents it from causing harm to your device. It will also alert you when a new virus has been found.

There are several antivirus programs, some designed for computers and others for mobile devices. They are not created equal when it comes to protection efficiency.

Do extensive research before settling on an antivirus. Establish, for instance, whether the program uses heuristics or signature detection. Check out https://shredcube.com/what-is-a-heuristic-virus/ to learn more.

Also, ensure your antivirus program is always up to date, and that’s it’s always turned on.

Avoid Visiting Fishy Websites

When you’re browsing the web, you’ll visit tens or hundreds of websites per session. Most of these websites have nothing shady going on, but it’s possible to land on one or two websites that are questionable.

On some of these websites, you might find that your device automatically starts downloading a file when you click on a link. Just because you have an antivirus program running doesn’t mean you should download anything. You could download a powerful virus that overpowers your antivirus.

Avoid visiting sites that aren’t in a language you don’t understand. If the website URL looks odd, it’s best to avoid clicking on it.

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Be Careful with Email Attachments

Phishing is an attack strategy deployed by online hackers. It involves sending fraudulent communication, usually through email. The email will contain either an attached file or a link to a shady website.

If you make the mistake of downloading the attached file, you might end up with a virus on your device. Clicking on the link can lead you to a website that automatically downloads a file to your computer or one that asks you to submit your personal data.

As such, be ultra-careful with emails from sources you don’t know. Email platforms will try to filter such messages, but it’s not uncommon for phishing emails to sneak all the way into your primary inbox.

Browse Safely Online with These Tips

Our lives are becoming increasingly digital. Unfortunately, this is giving online hackers more opportunities to attack. You shouldn’t live in fear. With this guide on how to browse safely, you now know what you can do to stay away from viruses and keep your data secure. Our blog has more data safety tips and advice. Explore!

Updated: September 13, 2021 — 10:12 pm
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