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10 Dos and Don’ts of Internet Security on Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 6, 2016

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October is observed as the Cyber Security Awareness Month. And we thought of celebrating it by sharing some essential dos and don’ts of Internet security with you. And here they are.

The DOs

1. While you are banking, shopping or paying your bills online, check if the website’s URL begins with ‘https’. Also look for the padlock icon, which indicates that the connection is secure.

2. Go for unique, and hard to guess passwords. Never keep the same password for different online accounts. Create a password that has a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers.

3. Use your primary email address to stay in touch with people you know or are acquainted with.

4. For social media sites, use an email address that you do not use for important communications.

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5. Avoid using free, unsecured Wi-Fi for shopping or banking on the Internet and even for logging into your social media profiles.

6. Delete old accounts that you do not use anymore.

7. Before downloading any free software, research on the software and the website hosting it. Ensure the software’s publisher is verified.

8. Access your bank’s website by manually typing its URL in the address bar. Never access it from an email or a text message.

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9. Never click on links or download attachments in unwanted, unexpected emails, even if such emails look like they are from a known source.

10. Take regular backups of all your important files. Doing this is more important now that ransomware attacks are becoming so rampant. It is recommended to store the backup on external hard drives and connect them to your PC as less as possible. Alternatively, you can also use a trusted cloud-based backup service.

The DONT’s

1. Avoid making your personal information public on social media sites and the Internet in general. Read this post to know about the disadvantages of sharing too much information online.

2. Avoid checking ‘Keep me logged in’ or ‘Remember me’ options on websites, especially on public computers.

3. Never use your official email address for social media sites.

4. Never use any of your personal information such as name, date of birth, address, etc., as your password.

5. Never respond to pop-up ads that may come up on your screen. Close such pop-ups from the task manager; press Alt+Ctrl+Delete.

6. Avoid visiting inappropriate websites or websites that you are not fully aware of.

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7. Always log out of online accounts when you are done. This is especially important when you are using a public computer.

8. Do not install software that comes as an attachment in emails.

9. Avoid saving your credit/debit card information on websites and web browsers.

10. Never share your personal/bank details on phone, email or SMS, even if the caller/sender seems genuine.

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To conclude this list of the dos and don’ts of Internet security with one last important tip, invest in an antivirus software that offers multilayered security that can block infected websites, emails, and downloads. The antivirus should also offer protection against ransomware attacks and the latest malware threats.

Being cyber aware is the first step to your Internet safety. If you find this post helpful, do share it with your friends and peers. Stay safe!

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  1. Anirban DuttaOctober 6, 2016 at 4:20 PM

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  5. Alok Kumar mukherjeeOctober 11, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    very useful tips

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  7. Sanjay BhadaneOctober 11, 2016 at 12:48 PM

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  8. Hardeep SinghOctober 11, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    A very good effort to make us aware of the risks and how to go about the tasks. Very Informative.
    Thanks

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  9. Mahesh ParanjapeOctober 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Very useful and important information

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    hello sir
    how can I delete facebook account permanently ?

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    I have been receiving regular weekly e-mail with an attachment and links from AIRCELL, Chennai for downloading my AIRCELL Bill for Rs. 470/- and link for making payment. I would like to tell you that I have never heard about AIRCELL.
    Kindly advise what to do.
    PS: I always delete the e-mail without taking any action.

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  13. good

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  14. CletusdsouzaOctober 12, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Hi Rajib Myself Cletus , its nice of you to share information and help create awareness about the hacks and virus and update people about it keep up the good work and also the quick heal team God bless u all

    Regards
    Cletus Dsouza.

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  16. Kunal RathiOctober 12, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Hi Sir ,
    Can you help me in deleting my facebook account permanently?

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  17. SHIVRAJSINH DESHMUKHOctober 12, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    true using excess internet is very bad

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  18. Thanks for the information.

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  19. Usefull tips

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  20. Laxmikant KhairnarOctober 13, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Helpful and informative article. Thanks

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  35. ADARSH SHARMAOctober 15, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Thank you for the information.
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  40. I have different problem that whenever I restart my laptop or start after shut down, the QH icon in taskbar is always orange.
    When I open QH it shows msg. of system is secure, update is also of current date so I do not know why it is happening. If I click reset to default setting then the icon turns green. I do this all the time when I start the laptop. I have Win 10 installed, it should not be problem since it has started only since one month. Please tell me what seems to be the problem.
    Should I completely uninstall it and re-install.
    product version is QH total security 17.00(10.0.1.13), 64 bit.

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  41. thanku so much

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  46. THANKYOU

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  47. If i have used my name or phone number what i am going to do .to save myself about harkers

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    thank’s for this suggestion…

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  51. Thanks

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    Thankyou very much

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    How to use quick heal and internet security system help you

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  56. ashish choudhuryOctober 21, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Very useful information.Thanks.

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  57. jamesprasad.ganti@gmail.comOctober 21, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    A very good effort to make us aware of the risks and how to go about the tasks. Very Informative.
    Thanks

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  58. Thanks for this legal information.

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  59. Nice & Important information. Send yOu
    Thank,s B.KHAMRAI

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  60. Nilkantha DuttaOctober 29, 2016 at 1:36 AM

    Hi Rajib
    Please let me know if there any app that I can lock any folder in my PC ?

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    Thanks for the security you ensure our PCs. The Amighty help you!

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