Role of Social Networks and Smartphones in Internet Security

It is estimated that almost 76 percent of the USA residents use the Internet, and most of them do it every day. The stats in European countries also come close to this one. The numbers are impressive. But with the increase of the operations done via the Internet (especially via the systems of mobile Internet) the number of malware attacks, scams and frauds is escalating. VeriSign, a security agency, states that about 6 percent of all transactions in the United States are fraudulent. I believe that there is something to think about. We have come to the line when we should learn not only how to work with this or that system, but also learn how to secure the data we use. The Web stopped being more a place where you can load music and watch a movie online. It has turned to become a place where people do their business.

Since, many important factors in our daily lives function based on our ability to connect to the Internet or some other type of network and to successfully retrieve or download information, it is important to understand the risks of using the Internet so that we don’t expose ourselves to unnecessary threats while online. So, what are the main threats to your security in the Internet? There are 2 main places to be caught off guard.

Social Networks

It is hard to imagine a modern Internet user who doesn’t have a Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram account. These social networks help to find new contacts, share the information and so on, and so forth. But all the information you open for public can be used against you. So, here are some pieces of advice on how to secure yourself in social networks:

– Don’t open your personal emails, phone numbers, addresses, etc. to everyone. Don’t share any personal (for example, travelling) plans either.
– Don’t open suspicious links in suspicious messages, even if they came from your friends. Reask your friend if he or she did really send the link to you and what contains there.
– Don’t install any third-party applications (especially it concerns Facebook account). Check and recheck the rights and the developers.

Smartphones

If you know the enemy face, consider that half of the battle is already won. Therefore, we suggest you get acquainted with the things that can interfere with comfortable walks on the Internet (including, with your smartphone).

After the mobile Internet have become a widely spread phenomenon, the number of attacks held on your gadget has increased. Just think, you make different payment, enter you logins and passwords, send business emails, and so on. And there are people who want to find this information very much. There are different ways to infect your smartphone: malware and virus apps, hidden packs that send your personal info from the Internet, SMS messages, etc.

So, what to do?

– Don’t visit suspicious sites from your gadgets.
– Use the most advanced antivirus apps.
– Don’t open any emails, SMS, MMS that seem to be wrong.
– Don’t install the applications from unknown sources.

However, if you don’t use smartphones and social networks or use them right you are safe. All the tips provided must be applied not only in mobile web, but also in your everyday use of desktop PCs.

Guest Author: This post was written by Katerina, a copywriter from Intellectsoft, a app development company . I like to read about everything mobile and to write some good reviews of newly released apps. To find out more about the team I work follow us on Twitter @Intellectsoft

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