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6 Bad Internet Habits You Have That’s Jeopardising Your Safety

Most of us are probably guilty of committing a couple of these bad online behaviours. Whether we keep these habits knowingly out of laziness, or unconsciously because we are not aware they are bad habits, BolehVPN is here to remind you that these are some things you may be doing that could be threatening your internet safety.

 

1) USING THE SAME PASSWORD FOR EVERYTHING

You would not keep the same key for your front door, car, and safety box. So why would you do it for your password?

Also, you are not doing anyone justice by using “123456” or “password” as your password. Well, maybe only the hacker looking to crack your account.

 

2) LEAVING PASSWORDS AROUND

Okay, so you got a strong and secure password. But now you are worried you would forget how complex it is. So you write it down on a piece of paper and leave it by your laptop. *facepalm*

Do not write down your password. If you are concerned that you might not remember it, might we suggest using a password manager to generate your passwords?

 

3) NO PASSWORD LOCKS ON YOUR DEVICES

What is worse than using the password for everything or leaving your written passwords laying around? Having no password at all!

Having a lock passcode on your devices such as your laptop and smartphone is just as important as having a login password to your online accounts.

You store so much information on your devices, and bring them virtually everywhere you go. Leaving your device unattended even for a couple moments leaves it open for someone to install spyware or steal your private information without you noticing.

(Read also: The Ultimate Guide to Your Smartphone’s Mobile Privacy You Need to Know)

 

4) NOT USING ANTIVIRUS OR NOT UPDATING IT

Does anyone still browse the internet or go online without having basic antivirus or antimalware protection? For their sake, we certainly hope not!

While you may believe that you are a careful user online who is wise with the pop-ups you avoid and spam links you do not click, it is basic common practise that your antivirus program should come part and parcel whenever you are using a new laptop/PC.

Additionally, as tempting as it might be to hit ‘Later’ on those antivirus updates, they are super important for keeping your device constantly protected from new viruses and malware that the internet is coming up with.

(Read also: How Malware Is Spread Via Streaming Sites & Torrents)

 

5) DOWNLOADING STUFF WITHOUT THINKING TWICE

You would not download an email attachment or torrent file named ‘This is malware’, but neither would harmful files be labelled as such, would they?

Malicious files are often made to look legit to unsuspecting victims. And while you may not feel you would be a victim to these tricks, it is easy for stray malicious emails to pop into your inbox. This is especially true for work emails which often gets out to hackers looking for your company’s sensitive information.

(Read also: What You Should Look For in a P2P/Torrent VPN)

 

6) USING PUBLIC WIFI WITHOUT PROTECTION

“Surfing the internet without a VPN is like having sex without protection.”

It has been said before and said often, free public Wifi, the one you connect to at the hotel, airport, or at Starbucks is not safe. These hotspots are susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks and hackers can easily secretly monitor what sites you are visiting, along with your private information.

If you travel often and rely on public Wifi a lot to stay connected, your best bet would be to subscribe to a Virtual Private Network to ensure all your internet communications are encrypted while you are surfing on these hotspots.

(Read also: Why You Should Use a VPN on Public WiFi)

 

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