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Tips for Safe Web Browsing

The first day of August celebrates World Wide Web Day, a holiday recognizing our ability to browse information online. In the spirit of this holiday, we’ve put together a collection of tips for safe web browsing.

What To Watch For

Regardless of what website you’re visiting, you want to make sure the data transmitted between your browser and the site’s server is encrypted. To check this, look for a padlock symbol next to the URL.

Also, when you double-click the URL, it should include “https” at the beginning. These details indicate the website has a Secure Sockets Layer certificate and the connection is encrypted. Never provide payment information without checking this first.

While exploring a website, be skeptical if you’re experiencing an excessive number of advertisements or pop-ups. A rush of promotional messages can often serve as bait for users to click on when the messages’ actual goal is passing along a virus.

Finally, take note of the website’s design. If the site doesn’t seem to have been crafted with care and lacks any professional appearance, refrain from spending time on it.

What To Do

First, check what’s going on internally with your device. Review the privacy and security settings of your browser to make sure measures are in place. Keeping your device’s antivirus program updated is important as well.

Next, ensure the internet connection you’re using is secure. Avoid using public unsecured Wi-Fi networks that don’t require a password when possible. NEVER complete any financial transactions on unsecure Wi-Fi networks.

Also, take advantage of other website security scanning tools like Google Safe Browsing, Sucuri Sitecheck, and Qualys SSL Server Test. If you’re unsure of a new site, these tools can provide a heads-up about potential issues.

Have questions about keeping your device secure? Contact our technicians or find additional knowledge on the Abstract Technology Group blog.


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