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Welcome To secureboi

This is a cyber security website for

the more and the less tech savy

​we are going to display aritcles and important tips on how to

stay safe online

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The five best ways to
stay safe online

Be intentional with your privacy settings.

 

Most applications that you use online will have a sophisticated set of privacy settings that you can adjust to your preferences.  But most people just stick with the default because it’s the path of least resistance.  By seeking out those settings and limiting the amount of personal information that is publicly available, you can be much safer online.  In addition, knowing what dials and levers are there for you to use will educate you about how these companies are using your data more generally.

Verify who you are communicating with before revealing any information.

Malicious actors will often impersonate legitimate organizations in order to try and extract personal information from you.  As such, it’s important to take some time to verify the identity of anyone who is asking you to reveal personal information via email or on a website.  Do your homework and make sure that the email address is legitimate before you send anything back.  If in doubt, phone the company directly and have them confirm the details of the person who is contacting you.


Choose strong passwords.

Every site these days asks for a username and password as part of their access control.  Because of the sheer number of passwords that people need, they tend to re-use the same ones again and again.  And also, they tend to be weak passwords (How to create a strong password) because people are scared of forgetting them.  This is a mistake.  To keep yourself safe online you should strive to use strong passwords that are not obvious, and that includes a collection of letters, numbers, and special characters.  You should also strive, wherever possible, to use different passwords for each application.

Be skeptical about clicking on unknown links.

Whenever you’re prompted to click on a link from someone that you don’t know, take a moment and question whether it looks legitimate.  If anything looks suspicious or if you have a strange feeling about it, don’t click the link.  Often, this can be malware or other malicious software that can infect your devices.  By remaining skeptical and doing your homework you can avoid these situations and keep yourself much safer online.


Keep your software up to date.

Software providers are continually patching security vulnerabilities as they find them, so keeping your apps and software up to date is the best way to keep your devices as safe as possible.  The longer you avoid updating your software, the greater the chance of those vulnerabilities being exploited.  This is why it's often a good idea to turn on ‘automatic updates’ so that you don’t have to think about it – but your devices are always keeping themselves on the cutting edge.