Despite feeling relatively safe in the confines of your home, the dangers present are not just the ones lying outside your front door.
In fact, they exist in a place you likely spend a lot of time on - the internet.
Keeping yourself safe online is important, especially as many use their mobile phones and devices to access the internet on a daily basis.
There are plenty of opportunities for these cybercriminals to take advantage of the vulnerable and those that are blissfully unaware that they’re in danger.
With that being said, here are 5 ways to keep yourself safe on the internet at home.
Get A VPN
Getting a VPN seems like the popular addition to make when it comes to securing yourself on the internet and it’s a good idea to do so.
A VPN is a private network that makes it harder for cybercriminals to hack into. Can a VPN be traced? No, which adds to the allure for those who may be looking to use one.
VPNs are relatively cheap too, which is why it might be a good idea to get one if you’re worried about being hacked or falling victim to a cyber-criminal.
Make sure you’re using strong passwords
Strong passwords are a given when it comes to staying safe on the internet. However, you’d be surprised by just how many people have the same password for nearly all or all of their logins online.
This is dangerous and if a hacker were to break into one of your logins, chances are, they’ll try and get into every one of them thereafter.
It’s best to keep separate passwords where you can and to make sure these passwords are strong enough not to be cracked.
If it helps, you can keep a note in a physical notebook or diary but keep this hidden and out of sight.
Change the password on your WIFI regularly
Changing the passwords on your WIFI is something that you should do regularly in order to avoid anyone jumping onto your WIFI without your consent or knowledge.
It’s something you can do fairly easily and it’s worth doing if you’ve been a victim of cybercrime before.
It’s also a good idea to change your WIFI name too, in order to be a bit more inconspicuous.
Turn on two-step verification
When it comes to keeping yourself safe on the internet, try to use platforms that encourage the use of two-step verification, or two-factor authentication as it’s otherwise known.
This is where you’ll enter your password and then a code is pinged to either your mobile or email to use to log in to your account successfully.
It’s another layer of security that comes in handy, especially for sensitive accounts like your online banking.
Install a good anti-virus software
Finally, make sure you’ve got good anti-virus software installed. This will help identify and remove any underlying threats that may have popped up on your devices recently.
Keeping yourself safe on the internet at home is important so use these tips to keep yourself from becoming another victim.
How do you stay safe on the internet? Do you have any tips? Let me know!
Love, Sarah xoxoxo