50 Dos and Don’ts of Internet Security for the Year 2015!

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This post is to say thank you to all the fans and readers of Quick Heal blog with a recap of some of the most important dos and don’ts of Internet Security. Read on.

Dos and Don'ts of Internet Security for the year 2015

The first official post on our blog was live on October 19th, 2006. And since then, we have been diligently striving to keep you updated with the latest happenings in the computer security world. As we are just a couple of days away from welcoming yet another new year, we would like to thank all our fans, readers, and followers for their readership and contribution to this blog. And as a thank you note, we are recapping one of our most commented and read posts – The Dos and Don’ts of Internet Security. We hope that the following tips help enhance your digital experience for the coming year.

Dos and Don’ts of Internet Security

#1. While giving away personal or financial information on any website, check if its URL begins with ‘https’. Also look for the lock icon, which indicates that the connection is secure.
#2. Never shop online, make financial transactions or login into accounts over free, unsecured WiFi networks.
#3. Create long, unique, and hard to guess passwords. Never keep the same password for different online accounts.
#4. Enable Secure Browsing for your Facebook account.
#5. Keep your computer’s Firewall ON
#6. Avoid making your personal information public on social media sites and Internet in general.
#7. Avoid checking ‘Keep me logged in’ or ‘Remember me’ options on websites, especially on public computers.
#8. Use your primary email address to stay in touch with people you know or are acquainted with.
#9. Never use your official email address for social media sites.
#10. For social media sites, use an email address that you do not use for important communications.
#11. Tighten your privacy settings on Facebook so that only your friends are notified about your activity.
#12. Never use any of your personal information such as name, date of birth, address, etc., as your password.
#13. While you are online in a public setting such as a coffee shop, mall, airport, etc., watch your back to make sure no one’s snooping on you.
#14. Never trust emails asking for your personal or banking information. Be extra cautions against links or attachments in unknown or unwanted emails. Verify any such communication with the sender first.
#15. Do away with old accounts that you do not use anymore.
#16. Do not make your photos or videos public on social media sites. Keep them visible to friends you know, and your family.
#17. 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.
#18. Before downloading any free software, research on the software and the website hosting it.
#19. Avoid visiting inappropriate websites or websites that you are not fully aware of.
#20. Beware of files with multiple extensions.
#21. Always log out of online accounts when you are done. This is especially important when you are using a public computer.
#22. Do not click or share posts on Facebook that claim to show any unusual content such as shocking videos or magical illusions. Verify such news from other sources.
#23. Access your bank’s website by manually typing its URL in the address bar.
#24. Do not click any links in emails to access your bank’s website.
#25. Keep your software and operating system up-to-date.
#26. Do not install software that comes as an attachment in emails.
#27. Always shop from reputed and know online stores.
#28. Update the Internet browsers and software on your computer.
#29. Use up-to-date security software that offers multilayered protection.
#30. Increase your awareness of cyber security and share the same with friends and family.
#31. Avoid online shopping on public computers or networks.
#32. If you are buying from an online website for the first time, do a little research about the site and go through its privacy policies.
#33. Change your Internet banking passwords at periodical intervals and never share them with anyone.
#34. Avoid saving your credit/debit card information on websites and web browsers.
#35. Never share your financial details on phone or email, even if the caller/sender seems genuine. Remember, people in cyberspace are not always what they seem to be.
#36. Avoid downloading software from unverified publishers.
#37. Always lock your computer when not in use. Do not leave it unattended, especially in public places.
#38. Keep passwords that have a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, special characters, and are at least 8 characters long.
#39. Avoid public networks for accessing websites that require you to sign in to access any information.
#40. If you store any critical information such as social security number, credit card number, bank account details, passwords, etc., in external storage devices, ensure that the data is encrypted.
#41. Accept friend requests only from people you know and have met with in person.
#42. Treat an online stranger in the same way as you would treat a stranger in the real world.
#43. If you suspect that a message from a friend is fraudulent or strange, call or meet the friend to discuss it.
#44. Protect your device with a screen lock. Turn the automatic screen lock function ON.
#45. Don’t root or jailbreak your device. It will make your device vulnerable to attackers.
#46. Install apps only from trusted and official sources.
#47. Turn OFF Wi-Fi, Location Services and Bluetooth when not in use.
#48. Avoid sending or saving personal & overly sensitive information on your mobile device.
#49. Avoid mobile apps that ask for unnecessary permissions.
#50. Install a mobile security app with features such as Anti-malware, Anti-theft, Call & SMS filter, Privacy Protection and Remote Device Management.

And that would be all for the top 50 dos and don’ts of Internet security that will protect you from online threats and hackers this year and the years to come. Have A Happy and Splendid New Year 2015!

Use the comment space below to leave us your choice for the following options:

a) You follow all of these dos and don’ts

b) You follow some of them

c) You follow none of them

d) You will start following them now

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Pratiksha
Pratiksha
7 years ago

I follow some of them and I will start following all of them now…Thank you !!

Mukundan Krishnay
Mukundan Krishnay
7 years ago
Reply to  Pratiksha

Thank you so much for the invaluable information. I will start following all of the golden essentials of Internet safety. I feel highly obliged for this most wanted awareness.

Anil Reddy
Anil Reddy
6 years ago
Reply to  Pratiksha

I’ll follow some of these.thank you for your suggestion ………now i will try to following all of these…….

Manish
Manish
7 years ago

a

himanshi
himanshi
7 years ago

b

Ishan Mahajan
Ishan Mahajan
7 years ago

Im following most of the steps… But i start following all of them… Thnks for the information.

priti
priti
7 years ago

i follow all these dos and dont’s

Jagdish K Meshram. Adv.
Jagdish K Meshram. Adv.
7 years ago

Better suggestions for network users…….. thanks for tips.

Jagdish K Meshram. Adv.
Jagdish K Meshram. Adv.
7 years ago

internet security !! is protecting beauty !! if injury causes recover with Quick , applying Quick heal it up that beauty of internet security.

ram
ram
7 years ago

thanks

arvind
arvind
7 years ago

Use most of them but still act careless during some situations. Nice info for fresher’s.

Prabhat
Prabhat
7 years ago

I follow all of them. Thank you.

Sumedh
Sumedh
7 years ago

Highly recommended for all internet users.!

KAILASH SAMAL
KAILASH SAMAL
7 years ago

Thanks. You follow all of these dos and don’ts

Mukund
Mukund
7 years ago

I follow most of them

Abu
Abu
7 years ago

Wonderful information; you’ve put almost everything at one place, if anyone follows all these safety instructions then there’re actually very fewer chances of them being vulnerable online.

I myself have put QuickHeal Total Security on several computers and recommended many people to use it.

d.avinash
d.avinash
7 years ago

I follow some of them and I will start following all of them now…Thank you !!

d.avinash
d.avinash
7 years ago

Wonderful information; you’ve put almost everything at one place, if anyone follows all these safety instructions then there’re actually very fewer chances of them being vulnerable online.

I myself have put QuickHeal Total Security on my computers and recommended many people to use it.

zoeb
zoeb
7 years ago

Its more help full tips. Thanks

Meraj Uddin Khan
Meraj Uddin Khan
7 years ago

I am already using almost all of the suggested tip. But anyways thanks a lot.

Benoy Paul
Benoy Paul
7 years ago

I follow most of these DOs and DON’Ts for the Internet Security and will try
to follow more DOs and DON’T as per necessity. Your guidelines in connection with the Internet Security are very much helpful to the Internet users. I am using QH Total Security 2014 and it is working very effectively and now I have no tension for my computer’s security. Please keep on helping us in this way.

Ajay
Ajay
7 years ago

A good and useful information. I have prcticed some of these but would be careful on other details as well. Thanks

SUBHAS C KARMAKAAR
SUBHAS C KARMAKAAR
7 years ago

I follow most of them and I will try to follow all of them now. Thanks for valuable guidelines.

Pradeep Roy
Pradeep Roy
7 years ago

I follow some of them I will try to follow all of them …thank you

JD KACHHADIYA (Bagdana)
JD KACHHADIYA (Bagdana)
7 years ago

I follow some of them and I will start following all of them now…Thank you !!

onderful information; you’ve put almost everything at one place.

chandrakant kulkarni
chandrakant kulkarni
7 years ago

Thank you very much for your most valuable advice, sir!
I was following some of your instructions – but I will now follow ALL OF THEM from nowonwards.
Thanking you again,
Chandrakant.

Dr Ashok K Sharma
Dr Ashok K Sharma
7 years ago

Despite being and IT/MIS manager I found some more saftety tips I was usually ignoring..Now a big NO for such stupidity. I am a proud Quick Heal Products supporter since almost 12 years..

Bhavesh025
Bhavesh025
7 years ago

Thanks these do’s and don’ts a revert important and most secured way to handle day to day transactions over net. Some were really new for me and I really use some of them

ANIRBAN CHAUDHURI
ANIRBAN CHAUDHURI
7 years ago

I follow some of them and I will start following all of them now…Thank you !!

G.N.S. ADINARAYANA RAO
G.N.S. ADINARAYANA RAO
7 years ago

I am following most of the them and I will start to follow the remaining one or two also. Thank you very much for valuable information.

Srijit
Srijit
7 years ago

I Follow some of them and will definitely try to follow all. Thank you Quickheal team. I trust you and appreciate your awareness Initiative.

Suresh
Suresh
7 years ago

yes, its very useful, i follow some of the above mentioned, in future i follow the all for secure & safety banking, thanking yaar..

Chirag Prajapati
Chirag Prajapati
7 years ago

Such a usefull Information.

Pravin Arote
Pravin Arote
7 years ago

I will follow some of them.

Debabrata Saha.
Debabrata Saha.
7 years ago

Thanks for the information,I will follow all of them.

paramita
paramita
7 years ago

thanks for your advice and i will surely follow this

pazua dolibsw lorecne
pazua dolibsw lorecne
7 years ago

great thanks should share this

reshimiakal laden
reshimiakal laden
7 years ago

whats the meaning of share

& nice advie

M garg
M garg
7 years ago

follow some of them, start following all of them.

Ashish
Ashish
7 years ago

Thanks. I follow some of them, but now I will follow them all.

TP
TP
7 years ago

a,
Excellent list of tips for internet user. Thanks

Kushal Mukhoti
Kushal Mukhoti
7 years ago

On item no.23.
Should we type the URL manually every time in the address bar? Is it not safe to click the URL that is saved in the ‘favorite / bookmark ?”

Kushal

a
a
7 years ago

d

DINBANDHU
DINBANDHU
7 years ago

Thank u

Sandhya
Sandhya
7 years ago

b….wil try to follow all of them…good article…Thank you.

umesh
umesh
7 years ago

Yes,I am follow the do”s and donot”.Thank you.

Murali Krishna
Murali Krishna
7 years ago

I follow some of them indicated above. I start follow the remaining. Thank you very much for your valuable suggestions.

…MK

Ravindra
Ravindra
7 years ago

I follow most of these instructions

lopa
lopa
7 years ago

I follow all the do and don’ts

Pratamesh M
Pratamesh M
7 years ago

Thanks for the valuable information,
I follow most of them…
and i will follow the remaining once from now onwards,

Can u provide more tips and tricks on this topic?

Dibya Jyoti Nath.
Dibya Jyoti Nath.
7 years ago

Some points I did not do. I’ll do from right now…
Thanks…

bp
bp
7 years ago

How to block popups in Mozilla Firefox browser?

harish
harish
7 years ago

i use some of them but now surely i will abide by it.

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