Cyber security is a critical part of internet safety

The Internet is constantly expanding, and reaching more places and people who have never accessed it before. As the reach of the web increases, so do potential threats that loom online. Keep the following tips in mind while you’re surfing the web to keep you safe from Internet threats.

Keep your browser “clean”

Your web browser monitors and records your internet activity, saving your browsing history and saving those webpages for the browser to load faster when you access it again in the future. There are benefits and drawbacks to that. Although your browser may load faster, you might overload your computer’s disk space if you never clear your browser’s setting, slowing your computer down, in general. Clear your browser’s cookies, cache and history at a regular rate to avoid this from happening.

Beware of faux websites

One particular type of internet scamming is called “Typosquatting”, where a deviant will create a website that mirrors a real website but the URL is intentionally misspelled. The trick is to make believe a user has reached the site they’re looking for even if it isn’t. Once an unknowing web user stumbles across the faux website, the scammers’ goal is for them to input their personal information.

Use incognito mode, if you want

Several web browsers have a mode you can activate that will erase your browsing history while you’re using it. This will help stop websites from tracking your browsing activity but it will not stop you from being untraceable. According to PC World, incognito mode will “erase your browsing and search histories . . . as well as dump any tracking cookies you pick up during your incognito session” but it won’t block your browsing activities from your internet service provider.

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