How to stay safe on the Internet

There are only two types of people on the Internet: those whobeen hacked, and those that will be.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019

cyber security

Have you ever check emails in your Gmail Spam folder, It’s fun, once in every 3 to 4 months I open my E-Mail Spam inbox and check what’s new. When last time I did that these are some of the things I found..!

  • 3 universities are giving me scholarships for Master’s/Doctoral degree programs in random subjects.
  • 10 banks are giving me easy loans.
  • 5 Job companies have best jobs for me.
  • I have won GBP 10000000 and USD 500000 for unknown reasons.
  • 4 matrimonial sites have most suited matches for me.
  • Dr Rajan has claimed that he will cure my hair fall.
  • And Approx 40-50 emails from Priyanka, Rakith, and Neha who are feeling lonely and want to meet me.

So, the Internet is a wired place, like a society there are many kinds of actors who wanders around. In a normal society, there are guidelines, laws, traditions to restrict and control their behavior. But in the cyberspace, there are no restrictions or traditions. You can do whatever you want however you want it.

But in the cyber realm, there is an advantage. Unlike in the real world, you are not physically there. Since no one can force you to do anything that you don’t want to do. So what they do is trick you to do what they want, mostly using social engineering techniques. if you act vigilant and careful in the cyberspace, no one can hurt you.

“There are only two types of people on the Internet: those who been hacked, and those that will be.”

Here are 5 tips to help you get started:

  1. Create Complex Passwords.

    I know you’ve heard it before, but creating strong, unique passwords for all your critical accounts really is the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe. This is especially true in the era of widespread corporate hacks, where one database breach can reveal tens of thousands of user passwords. If you reuse your passwords, a hacker can take the leaked data from one attack and use it to log in to your other accounts. My best advice: use a password manager like last-pass to help you store and create strong passwords for all of your accounts.

  2. Click Smart.

    Now that you’ve put smart tech measures into place, make sure that you don’t invite danger with careless clicking. Many of today’s online threats are based on phishing or social engineering. This is when you are tricked into revealing personal or sensitive information for fraudulent purposes. Spam emails, phony “free” offers, click bait, online quizzes and more all use these tactics to entice you to click on dangerous links or give up your personal information. Rule of Thumb on Internet: No one give you free staff. Always be wary of offers that sounds too good to be true, or ask for too much information.

Rule of Thumb on Internet: No one give you free staff.

  1. Be a Selective Sharer.

    These days, there are a lot of opportunities to share our personal information online. Just be cautious about what you share, particularly when it comes to your identity information. This can potentially be used to impersonate you or guess your passwords and logins.

  2. Protect Your Mobile Life.

    Our mobile devices can be just as vulnerable to online threats as our laptops. In fact, mobile devices face new risks, such as risky apps and dangerous links sent over text message. Be careful where you click, don’t respond to messages from strangers, and only download apps from official app stores after reading other users’ reviews first.

  3. Practice Safe Surfing & Shopping.

    When shopping online, or visiting websites for online banking or other sensitive transactions, always make sure that the site’s address starts with ”HTTPS”, instead of just “HTTP”, and has a padlock icon in the URL field. This indicates that the website is secure and uses encryption to scramble your data so it can’t be intercepted by others. Also, be on the lookout for websites that have misspellings or bad grammar in their addresses. They could be copycats of legitimate websites.

As a young boy or a girl you don’t need to be paranoid about cybersecurity, hacking is not simple or fun, It’s a hard and boring process. No one is going to waste time on accessing your information unless you are someone very special or famous. Sites you more often access Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram those are very secure. Those companies spend millions of dollars to keep their systems safe. You don’t need to worry about someone directly accessing them and acquiring your information. (Unless they decided to share your personal information with some other company. like Facebook did. ;)

Be vigilant and careful you will be quite safe.

Note: This is a article I have written for Magazine of Holy Family Convent Information Technology Day which themed Information Security,

Sankha Karunasekara

Mr. Sankha Lakshan Karunasekara Full-Stack Developer, BSc. Engineer (SP Computer Engineering) from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.