Browsing the internet can get you into some murky waters. When you get to certain sites which bombard you with popups and make the entire page a must-click popup link, then you know you’re somewhere where you can catch a virus. That’s putting it mildly.
Internet security is necessary and everyone using browsers should know how to protect themselves from various malicious things they can find online.
Here are some simple things that you can do to protect your device.
Get an Antivirus Software
Many antiviruses today come with a free, lightweight version which protects you from all sorts of malware and spyware. They also protect you and warn you about random sites trying to make you lose your mind by spamming you with endless popup windows.
Some antiviruses can integrate into your browser and give you certifications for sites. They color code it and green means you’re good to go. The other two colors, orange and red, mean that you should think twice before entering, especially when you see red. Some antiviruses give a coherent explanation of why they flagged the site as a red one.
Get an Ad Blocker
Getting an Ad blocker is essential if you want to survive some of the less reputable sites. Ad blockers also have various functions which they use to detect whether a page is trying to run a shady script when you visit it. Some ad blockers immediately display a warning and tell you not to visit such a page.
They also have their main purpose and that is blocking advertisements. If you have advertisements at the top or to the left and right of a page, you can survive those. If the advertisements are tied to every click or every link and work as popups, those can get really old really fast, not to mention take you somewhere where you wouldn’t want to be.
Check the Website Address
This is probably the easiest way to stay off some of the more toxic sites that you can find online. Oftentimes, people get their credentials stolen when they try to log onto face-book.com and end up giving their information for free.
Always check the link of your site before you enter your login credentials. If the link is not exactly as it should be for the site, you should stay away. You can always check the exact URL of a site using search engines.
Check for the Site’s Credentials
Every site should have an About Us or Contact Us page. They should also have correct grammar and spelling. Check for every single detail on the site if you have any doubts to whether it is a malicious one or a normal site. Check for the SSL encryption which is a padlock to the left of the site’s URL and it is also given away by an S at the end of HTTP. The S stands for secure.
The next time you head out online, you should be much safer if you follow these tips.