The internet is a great place to be. There are so many things to do online; you can learn, connect, entertain, and earn. In fact, there isn’t much you can do these days without the assistance of the internet. However, even though there is a lot you can do online, there are several things you should avoid doing.
This in no way diminishes the significance of the internet. In fact, if you weren’t online, you wouldn’t have known about the things you shouldn’t do online. We can’t imagine a world without the internet now that we have it. Speaking of which, if you are having issues with your internet service, we strongly advise switching to Spectrum Internet from your current lousy service. Spectrum is lightning fast, reliable, and convenient. You may even pay your bills from the comfort of your couch by using the My Spectrum app. That’s what we call smart living!
Anyway, returning to our conversation. There are some rules that we must all observe when we go online, and there are certain things that we should avoid at all costs. Here are some online activities you should never engage in.
Clicking on Every other Link
Falling for phishing schemes is one of the top mistakes users make online.
If you receive an email inviting you to take part in a survey or a money-making opportunity that you did not sign up for, do not click the links. The same is true for jobs that allow you to work from home yet seem a little too good to be true.
Search for the firm name and the word “scam” in a browser window. If it’s a scam, chances are someone else has already reported it. If the email appears to be coming from a real person, quickly look up the individual’s name and the name of the firm.
Using the same password repeatedly or storing passwords on a computer
A password like “password” would never be used, wouldn’t it? If you don’t use a password manager, how are you supposed to remember them all?
You don’t record them, save them on your computer, or use them again, do you? In order to avoid having to remember passwords, how can they be properly stored? Make use of a trustworthy password manager. You may also use a free password generator, which can generate insane passwords like p6U9mWz@B that are difficult to hack or remember. Alternatively, let your browser handle the task.
Share anything that happens in your life
We all like posting photos of the happy moments in our life, with little consideration for the cost of violating privacy. However, you should consider the cost of being so open. Your community will be informed that you are away from home by photos you share while you are away. Additionally, images of minors might wind up in sketchy areas. While it may appear to be a crazy concept, it is really a real one.
You can never be sure who is on the internet since it has become so publicly accessible. Better safe than sorry. At the very least, we advise against sharing something live if you want to share it. It is secure not only for you but also for your kids. Predators may now more easily locate the name of your child as well as your own personal and professional information. Even the schedules for after-school clubs and athletic events may be found by aggressive predators. Give them no opportunity to appear credible.
Leaving out configuring two-factor authentication
Do not be misled by the fancy moniker “two-factor authentication.” Simply put, it implies that you must provide two forms of identification to access your account. Like when a bank or the DMV requests 2 types of id. In this manner, even if your password is hacked, no one can access your account. Some websites request your mobile phone number in order to text you additional access codes if a password reset is implemented. Additionally, you may choose to get notifications each time a new browser or device attempts to access your account.
Engaging in debates on social media
Each of us has run across a meme that riles us up. Or someone may pass a message to us that appears to be completely inaccurate. Or a troll makes a string of offensive comments. Our suggestion is to avoid becoming involved. People are getting more and more sensitive, making it easier than ever to “Cancel” someone based on anything they may have said, either knowingly or unknowingly, and harm their reputation both online and offline. The best course of action is to avoid conflicts, keep things pleasant, and refrain from posting every single thought that comes to mind.
In a nutshell:
While there is so much on the internet and so much you can do online, there are some things you should avoid at all costs, such as getting into conflicts, falling for fraudsters, and neglecting your privacy. As long as you stay careful, no one can stop you from leveraging the power of the internet for your good.