In this modern era, browsing the internet is now inevitable. Everything is probably online now, the good and the bad. This surge in online activities across the world comes with it’s own challenges. Therefore, as an internet user, taking precaution is highly advised. Here are some things you shouldn’t do online –
1)Online Shopping On Unsecured Networks
Online shopping will ultimately lead you to input your card details for the final purchase, especially for online based internet services. This should be done with caution and after a thorough certification that the platform for the payment is secure.
This is because, some phishing sites can clone a secured website and unsuspecting users may not notice the difference.
Always ensure to note that the site the payment to be made on is secure and not a phishing site before entering your card details for your online shopping experiences.
2) Downloading Suspicious Apps Online
You may be browsing online, and an app will suddenly pop up, asking for you to download after listing several benefits or services you will get while using the app.
Though some of those pop ups may be targeted adverts, you should not lose your guard over them however. Always ensure that you don’t give such apps certain permissions in your phone that may allow personal data theft unknown to you.
3) Responding to Spam.
Well, not all spam messages are harmful since email addresses that are not in your contact ( or part of your sign up somewhere) may end up in your ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ folders.
However, it is important to note that your email provider have advanced A.I’s that are continuously trained to filter out spam messages with an alarming accuracy. Be careful in how you respond to emails in your spam which you didn’t have anything to do with previously in your online engagements. Remember, all it takes it’s one single click and the rest will be history.
4) Signing Up Online Without Reading Terms And Conditions
This is self-explanatory, and mostly refers to services seemingly offered for free. For Instance, downloading free beats online. Truth is, it might not really be free, and the terms of usage are mostly written in the terms and conditions.
Same thing practically applies to every online sign up, no matter the platform.
5)Sharing Location Information
This cannot be overemphasized anyway, especially with the high rate of websites and apps always seeking for your location in other to give you a personalised online experience.
Also note that some apps or websites perform your query or services better with your location. However, one should always be mindful about which ones to grant location permissions in your devices.
In conclusion, ensure that your online identify is always secure and safe at all times in order not to fall prey to online marauders and criminals.