When end users venture out onto the Internet, it’s easy to get tangled up in the vast web of threats lurking on many website pages. Some of them are readily apparent, but others are well hidden.

Here are 11 Tips for More Secure Website Browsing

  1. Keep your browser software up-to-date as new patches are often released to fix existing vulnerabilities in browser software
  2. Be conservative with online downloads and scan files before downloading
  3. Don’t click links in emails—go to sites directly.
  4. Beware antivirus scams where a pop-up advertisement mimics a genuine warning alert generated by computer security software that your computer is infected.
  5. Confirm each site is the genuine site and not a fraudulent site.
  6. Interact only with well-known, reputable websites.
  7. Use HTTPS: The “s” in “https” stands for secure, meaning that the website is employing SSL encryption a security technology for establishing encrypted links between Web servers and browsers.
  8. Use social media best practices.
  9. Avoid public or free Wi-Fi as information is sent over unprotected networks and attackers often use wireless sniffers to steal users’ information.
  10. Regularly monitoring your bank statements allows you to react quickly in the event that your account has been compromised.
  11. Turn on your browser’s popup blocker or download one like Adblock Plus
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