Common Computer mistakes we make as a Regular PC User. Topic is on The Internet. I’m trying to concentrate over the mistakes only. So, not all of them has solution. You can check my other articles for the solution. I’m sure you will get it. If you don’t have that much patience. Please ask in the comment I will answer it for you.
I’m not going to explain a lot of things around here cause ‘some of them’ or ‘related to them’ are already declared at least once or twice on my previous articles. So, I’m not going to discuss:
- Logging on third party applications which require email logins.
- Accessing account through any email link as it can be risky. If the email turns out to be fraudulent then cyber criminal will have access to your account information.
- Clicking on pop-ups that says “Your Pc is Insecure”, such links can have malware automatically downloaded to your PC.
- Downloading free stuffs such as screen saver and those stupid smiley faces. Such things are very dangerous to your PC and you will soon notice it has turned slow then earlier. Sites like download.comare safe to use. Still check for the terms you are agreeing on.
- Be careful with those phishing mails, they may create a sense of urgency as “Your Account is in Risk” or an “Unauthorized transaction has taken place” so send your account details. Remember any bank will not ask your account detail via mail.
- Not updating antivirus software in place.
- Never forget to delete the system’s cache, passwords or history, it could easily lead to identity theft and stolen bank and email information.
- You have won a lottery and or an IPod are the common terms used by spammers to trap you, avoid falling to such traps.
- Always blacklist the spammers you come across in mails without just deleting the spam mails.
- Always have a backup for your emails just as how you keep a hard copy of your important docs and other things.
- Always have a habit of not clicking on phishing email, the goal of phisher is to fool you for entering your details into something that actually appears to be safe and secure, but in reality is just a fake site set up by the scammer.
- Going dirty and visiting dirty sites while online.
Let’s begin our regular discuss.
- Owning the 1 Password
Having single password or PINs for accessing all your online accounts is not a good idea. This can lead to identity theft and also if someone knows 1 of these accounts password. You can imagine where he/she is going to take their next step.
- Owning a lot of Password
Okay this one is one is the opposite of the last one. You have way too many passwords to remember. You always try twice or thrice or may be more just to get the access to any of your online accounts. Okay, you are freaking out. And probably thinking, that guy’s bullshit. Cause it doesn’t make sense now. Think before you start blaming me. There are solutions for that kind of trouble. There are Password Vault Service Providers or you can follow some techniques to remember all or may be use some algorithms. Suit yourself. You can check my TnT Articles for that.
- Never noticing The ‘S’ in ‘https’
Using unsafe sites that do not come with the term ‘https‘. The “S” stands for secure and you should always make note of it before accessing any site. Some browsers hide that part but show a “Lock” instead. Which is sometimes unlocked & sometimes locked. If it shows ‘Locked’ or ‘https’ that means you are in a secured site. Otherwise, you know what I’m gonna say. So, notice and stay secured.
- You became a Billionaire
Believing in those brainless “Microsoft Is Sharing Its Fortune” or mail from “The Coca Cola Company” or maybe someone wants you to make a billionaire or wants to give away some treasure and many more, they are just spammers requiring your details to trouble you more. You have no idea when you will provide them your details, where it’s gonna end.
- Making Private Information Public
This one is kind of related to the last one. Providing your full name, home address, phone number, Social Security number, passwords, names of family members, credit card numbers online. Making them public won’t just make your identity theft but also it can guide you through in a lot of trouble.
- Rushing the Mail
You are in a rush and checking all the mails. And downloaded the attachments Never forget to scan the attachment you receive in your mailbox. Virus attacks are mostly through such attachments.
- The kind Facebooker
Social networking sites are something we cannot avoid these days, yet it is always secure to follow a known person on Twitter or to add on Facebook. Don’t forget to do a security check if you tend to add an unknown person.
- Click the close button & get go
Clicking on the Close window without logging off your account especially if you are at cybercafé for accessing Internet then you are more at risk.
- Answering some bots.
Sometimes people get so fooled of the bots they think it’s a real person over their chat. Try avoiding, how will you know?
- Spending Too Much Time Online
This is very much viral. Everywhere there’s a device and someone is tapping it’s screen. You will never know what are you missing from the real world. It’s really viral among the youth, staying online 24×7 just to appear on social media and so on.