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7 Deadly Internet Security Mistakes
May 10, 2017

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Simply installing an antivirus software on your PC cannot guarantee your online safety. Internet security is an ongoing process, where you need to stay on guard against the latest threats. Run through the below post and check if you are making any of these 7 deadly Internet Security mistakes.

1. Trusting unknown emails
Do you tend to trust unknown emails that ask you to click links or download attachments? If your answer is yes, then you may be one of those many people who fall prey to infected emails.

Solution
Chuck such emails, especially if they talk about money or ask you to take an urgent action such as clicking a link or filling up a form. Be extra careful of such emails if they claim to be from your bank or an online store.

2. Leaving your WiFi open
Is your WiFi network protected with a secure password? If no, then you are not only encouraging freeloaders to hog on your data but also hackers to snoop on your Internet activity like sending emails, online banking/shopping, chatting, etc.

Solution
Ask your Internet service provider to help you set a password for your WiFi network. And if you can do it on your own, then what are you waiting for?

3. Downloading Freeware
Free software are the first love of Netizens. But they are also the favorite medium of attackers to hack into your system. Freeware that do not have verified publishers are always a bad news, because they usually come with hidden malicious programs like spyware that steal your personal information and send it to hackers.

Solution
Only download software that has a verified publisher. It is also necessary that you do some online research about the software and read up on its reviews and ratings.

4. Using outdated software
Is your Windows Update set to automatic? Do you regularly update your Internet browsers and programs on your computer? If your answer is no, then your PC might be at an increased risk of getting hacked. This is because, outdated OS and programs have unpatched software weaknesses (vulnerabilities) which can be easily exploited by attackers.

Solution
Set your Windows Updates to automatic. Update all your Internet browser, and check if updates are available for all the programs you are using.

5. Using the same password for all online accounts
Imagine if your house key could be used to open your garage, your bank locker, your car, or your safe. That would be terrible wouldn’t it! Losing this key means compromising the security of all your assets. The same theory applies to your online safety. Multiple online accounts having the same password, stay at risk of being hacked if anyone of them is compromised.

Solution:

  • Choose a unique password for every online account
  • Create a password using uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and especial characters (&, %, @, _, $, etc.)
  • Never use predictable words such as your name, your pet’s or school’s name, date of birth, etc.

6. Not taking two-factor authentication seriously
Does it feel lazy to use two-factor security for your online accounts? In other words, does it feel unnecessary to put in a password, receive a code on your mobile, and putting in the code to sign in? Well, if your answer is yes, then this is another deadly Internet security mistake that you are committing. Two-factor authentication protects your account even if an attacker steals or cracks your password, because they would still need the passcode sent to your mobile to access your account.

Solution
Turn the two-factor authentication ON for all your online accounts, wherever applicable. The below links will help you with it:

7. Sharing too much online
Do you have an uncontrollable impulse for sharing your vacation plans, new credit card number, home address, school address, phone number and other personal information on the Internet? If yes, then this habit might land you into trouble. Sharing such information online such as public forums, blogs, social media, etc., might make you vulnerable to stalkers and cyber criminals. It is not difficult for them to steal people’s identity using their personal details.

Solution
Avoid making your personal information such as date of birth, phone number, home and school address, social security number, etc., public.

So, have you committed anyone of these 7 deadly Internet security mistakes? If no, then you are in the GREEN. And if yes, well, you know what to do. Stay safe!

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Rajib Singha
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Rajib is a Physics graduate and a technology enthusiast. Besides having a keen interest in the latest gadgets, he is also into IT security and all that it...
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  1. BAIDYANATH SWAINJune 21, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    GUARDIAN ANTIVIRUS-2013 RENEW

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  2. Kabindra RoyJune 22, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Thanks a lot for such an useful information. It is of great help. There is no match to the services provided by QUICKHEAL. That is why I trust this brand for the last 7-8 years.

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  3. Sunil Kumar GuptaJune 22, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    That was not totaly security by ur s/w

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  4. Vishal sahuJune 22, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    very good and useful suggestions, thanks Rating-9 out of 10

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  5. Vishal sahuJune 22, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    VERY good service provided by QUICK HEAL. that’s why i trust it most. goooooooooooooooood.

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  6. THx for the everyday info.

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  7. really usefull..thanks

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  8. if my renewal date has come how can I renew it online

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  9. Hello sir,
    I have been using quick heal total security antivirus for the last 2 years . Recently , I have downloaded Bluestacks android emulator for using android apps on PC . I have a question that the antivirus which I am using also scans the apps installed through bluestacks or do I require any other security protection app for scanning the apps on my pc?

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  10. PS SANDHUJune 22, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Thanks for the tips. I was really unaware & used to open unwanted mails.
    However no bank accounts.
    thanks once again.

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  11. PS SANDHUJune 22, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    NO THANKS.

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  12. Rahul GhuleJune 22, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Thank you so much for information.

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  13. Arnab ChattopadhyayJune 22, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Thanks a lot for your valued suggestion. It is really helpful to keep us protected from online threats and dangers.

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  14. raficul islamJune 22, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Thanks for giving valuable information so that we can safely browse the net

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  15. DANIEL RAYJune 22, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    7 Deadly Internet Security Mistakes
    Rajib Singha Jun 19, 2015 3

    It was really a helpful guide. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes,
    DANIEL RAY
    22-06-2015 Monday

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  16. Ayan DutttaJune 23, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    thanks a lot for all the info. usually I stay away from such things, but nobody knows, when a person falls prey to these attackers. thanks again for the whole lot. I favor Quick heal

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  17. thanks for valuable suggestions.

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  18. brain wash up is necessary to every pc users what the mistakes they do.

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  19. Umar M NakwadaJune 23, 2015 at 4:23 AM

    Started using Quickheal this year, and am really satisfied. Your write up is of immense help and guidance. Thanks a lot and more grease to your elbow.

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  20. BAPPA DITYA MANDALJune 23, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    yes, well,I don’t know what to do. Stay safe!

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  21. ranjeet singhJune 23, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    its very useful knowledge

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  22. CA Jayant PandyaJune 23, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Crucial and cautiosning Advice for net users like us.

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  23. CA Jayant PandyaJune 23, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Thanks for the cautioning advice

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  24. sk abul kalamJune 23, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    plz send Product Key

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  25. BISWAJEET HATOIJune 23, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Dear sir,
    We have getting many problem of torrent virus which is detect but not deleted the virus for this our system is getting damage.Pl help us.

    Regards
    Biswajeet Hatoi
    Shriram epc ltd
    NMDC steel
    Jagdalpur,C.G.

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  26. Thank you for these tips – very useful and succintly put.
    Very simply and clearly written and also practical.

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  27. Thank you.
    Appreciate these tips very much.
    The entire article is easy to read, very much to the point and an eye-opener.
    The tips are so practical!
    Thank you for caring about us your users, QuickHeal.

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  28. Sreejit SampsonJune 23, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    The speed of my computer is slowing down . I have 8 mbps 30 Gb airtel connection but very slow. please help

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  29. Archana SharmaJune 23, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    What if while running Windows update, Im stuck in a loop (for almost 4 hours or so) wherein it states that “Windows cannot update.. undoing the changes.. pls dont turn off your computer”.. Actually there are some faulty windows updates and Microsoft has itself acknowledged it but fail to suggest any solution for the same.. In that scenario, how can we update windows to minimize threats..

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  30. Praful R. TurakhiaJune 23, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Excellent guidance. Very useful.

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  31. Thanks

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  32. Gyan RanjanJune 23, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Sir,
    9
    A notification is flashing on my laptop for installing windows 10. is it necessary to upgrade my quick heal antivirus, if the date of expiry of my antivirus is still left.

    Regards

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  33. SAPTARSHI CHATTOPADHYAYJune 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    I am using QH antivirus for three years. I get suspicious e-mails, like ones promising prizes, regularly. Why these e-mails are not being marked as “spam mails” by QH or blocked ? I never download such links but clicked such e-mails twice. What is the permanent solution to block such e-mails ?
    may i use “superantispyware” free version simultaneously ?

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    • Hi Saptarshi,

      Could you kindly let us know which product of Quick Heal are you using? Also, our Support Team can help you solve this issue:

      1. You can submit your query at http://bit.ly/Askus. The Team will get back to you with a solution.
      2. You can also contact them at 0-927-22-33-000.
      3. Alternatively, you can chat with our engineers by visiting this link >> http://bit.ly/QHSupport >> Chat with Us

      Regards,

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  34. U. K. BakshiJune 23, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Thanks to Quick heal a very good service is being provided.

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  35. Shiv KanoniwalJune 23, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    It is so good and joyful for using Quick Heal Total Security,But I thin after install this my Leptop Become Very Slow……

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    • Hi Shiv,

      There might be multiple reasons behind this issue. Our Support Team can help you solve it:

      1. You can submit your query at http://bit.ly/Askus. The Team will get back to you with a solution.
      2. You can also contact them at 0-927-22-33-000.
      3. Alternatively, you can chat with our engineers by visiting this link >> http://bit.ly/QHSupport >> Chat with Us

      Regards,

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  36. THANKS RAJIB…ITS VERY HELPFUL INFO……..

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  37. Narendra LatwalJune 23, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Its called perfect guiding and keep maintain it either updating in a regular basis, many thanking you for sharing you guideline or valuable views with us.

    Best : Narendra Latwal

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  38. Rudolph.A.FurtadoJune 24, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    Thanks for the excellent information.

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  39. giridhar desaiJune 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Information is useful. I will try to implement every suggestion, though I am following many already. Thanks a lot

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  40. PREETAM KUMARJune 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Hello sir,
    I have been using quick heal total security antivirus for the last 2 years . Recently , I have downloaded Bluestacks android emulator for using android apps on PC . I have a question that the antivirus which I am using also scans the apps installed through bluestacks or do I require any other security protection app for scanning the apps on my pc?

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  41. Udeme MichaelJune 24, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    That was a nice tips dear, keep it up

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  42. Narendra KambojJune 24, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Thanks a lot for such useful information

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  43. VERY USEFUL INFORMATION. I HAVE AN EXPERIENCE OF HACKING OF MY ORKUT ACCOUNT EARLIER WHERE ONE LINK ASKED ME TO USE USER ID AND PSSSWORD. AFTER ENTERING MY USER ID AND PASSWORD, MY ORKUT ACCOUNT WAS HACKED. THE HACKER COULD NOT ACCESS TO MY E MAIL ACCOUNTS AS I USED DIFFERENT PASSWORD FOR E MAIL.

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  44. I’m using TATA Docomo dongle (wifi) at home.Only me and my daughter access to it. It is safe? If not what to do? Please suggest.

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  45. thanks

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  46. Many thanks for the tips . I purchased quick heal recently and hope it works well and will safeguard my pc.

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  47. Syed waseemJune 25, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    DEFINITION FILES NOT FOUND

    Specify correct path for automatic update also check if
    valid definition files are present at the specified path.

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    • Hi Syed,

      Our Support Team can help you solve this issue:

      1. You can submit your query at http://bit.ly/Askus. The Team will get back to you with a solution.
      2. You can also contact them at 0-927-22-33-000.
      3. Alternatively, you can chat with our engineers by visiting this link >>http://bit.ly/QHSupport >> Chat with Us

      Regards,

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  48. RATAN SINGH CHOUHANJune 25, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    quick heal is not sport.

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  49. Rajesh TantiJune 25, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    please renew the my antivirus

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  50. RAJENDRA SAINIJune 25, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    sir, this anivirus is not update last 7 days in my systam please help me

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  51. Swapan BhattacharyaJune 25, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Hi Rajib,

    Your seven tips will definitely help us keeping our pc more safe.Pl help me by
    deleting some malware which has affected my pc.I tried but failed.pl help

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  52. Raktim BanerjeeJune 26, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    A great help it is..Thanks a lot for all this guidelines..specially for the solution..

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  53. I am using tally ERP9, and quick heal server edition 2008 r2, While Passing the entries in tally Quickheal deletes those vouchers automatically, for the same I have contacted Tally Administrator, they have asked me to disable Quickheal for those data folders, plz help

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  54. Veevek MalviyaJune 26, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Thank you for your valuable seven tips.

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  55. Thank U for such a brlnt idea to share with us. Thanks….

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  56. bijay giriJune 26, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    quickheal antivirous show… you are visiting may be harmful….what is the problen have a my copmuter ….some thing doing help and give me tips…

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  57. Chetan Digambar KulkarniJune 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Thanks a lot for valuable information.

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  58. Yash ThakurJune 27, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Sir,
    When I finished latest update of guardian antivirus systam ask for window repair after restarting of system. I have done two time my latest update of guardian antyvirus. but same problem occured. plz tell me how can i update my antivirus?? any window setting or format and reinstall?

    thanks

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  59. please send to product key

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  60. Ranajit Kumar SahaJune 27, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Very much usefulinformation

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  61. DILIP KUMAR KRIPLANIJune 27, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    thank for information

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  62. rakesh kumarJune 27, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    QH TOTAL SECURITY SAFE FOR ALL PC

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  63. Ansumay DattaJune 28, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Very useful advice.

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  64. Thanks sir you are giving such valuable information to us.

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  65. pralay kumarmukherjeeJuly 4, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    thank you

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  66. pralay kumarmukherjeeJuly 4, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    I have gone through the comments which will help to prevent my PC from virus

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  67. Ramanand MishraJuly 6, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Hi, I am using Quickheal since last year. Today I saw a message that offered monsoon offer of renewing and getting two months more. I have paid the amount asked. My present S/w is going to expire in 54 days. How am I going to get my S/w renewed ? please advise the steps.

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    • Hi Ramanand,

      Since you have made the payment for the renewal, this means that your software has been renewed. Please check the renewed license validity by following the steps mentioned below:

      1. Click Start -> Programs -> Quick Heal AntiVirus -> Quick Heal AntiVirus
      2. Click Help on the top right corner of the Quick Heal Window
      3. Click About
      4. Click the License Details button

      Regards,

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  68. adewole bamideleJuly 12, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    i can update my account

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  69. Ashok Kumar SinghJuly 29, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    I am using Guardian Net Secure as antivirus. Is is not updating either automatically or after clicking on ‘UPDATE NOW’ option? Its validity is upto next year. Please guide me.

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  70. Dr.S.K.Singh ChauhanAugust 21, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Thanks a lot for such an useful information. It is of great help. There is no match to the services provided by QUICKHEAL. That is why I trust this brand for the last 7-8 years.

    Reply
  71. atanu bardhanJune 2, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Thank you very much.

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