Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

8 Security Tips To Usher You Into The New Year

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help, Using The Internet
 
Loading...


 It’s a brand new year and I thought it’d be apt to run you down an almost cliché list of security tips to make sure you stay safe online especially around the holidays. Let’s get started.
1. Check (and recheck) web addresses.
With website cloning becoming as easy as ever scammers seem to have taken their game to the next level. Most people don’t really pay attention to the address they visit as long as the site looks familiar. Amaz0n.com might look similar to Amazon.com but it’s not Amazon.com. Watch out.
2. Use Ad-Blockers
I recommend using an ad-blocker only because it keeps most people out of trouble than anything else. Malicious ads are everywhere and ad-blockers help keep them out of sight so you’re not tempted to click on “You’ve won an iPad for FREE”.
 install adblock plus
3. Use Site Advisors
There are plenty of extensions and plugins for chrome and firefox that will notify you of the reputation of the site you’re visiting. They usually display a green check mark against websites that are safe or a red X mark if the site is harmful. A few popular ones that I’d recommend are McAfee Site Advisor and Web Of Trust.
url-void-reputation-checker
4. Avoid Pirating and Visiting Shady Looking Websites
Websites hosting pirated content, torrents and other warez are hotbeds of malware and phishing scams. In fact many such sites are run by master deceptors, hackers and scammers. Avoid them like the plague even if 11 year old Tommy says you can download PS4 games for FREE!
Extra Tip– Media companies like Time Warner and Comcast have been known to log IP address of users downloading pirated content and then send them a pretty much “See you in court” notice. I’m guessing you don’t want to go down that road.
5. Don’t save credit card information Online
With data breaches at large consumer companies occurring left, right and center it might be a good idea to re-evaluate who you give your credit card information to. Not every shopping site that has fancy security stickers posted all over it is secure. If Yahoo, Adobe and Apple can get hacked,  danschristmascookies.com (I totally made that up :-D) doesn’t stand a chance.
6. Restrict in-app purchases on App Stores of your Android and iOS devices.
If you haven’t enabled App store restrictions on your mobile devices by now you’re either rich or plain ignorant. My cousin blew through $80 of in-app purchases last Christmas playing a popular game on my sisters iPad. Until I told her about asking Apple for a refund and showed her how to restrict purchases on the app store that kid was grounded.
7. Outsmart Phishers 
Cynthia put out an article a couple of weeks ago that discussed this. My rule of thumb though is if you ever get an email you’re unsure of with a link asking you to change or update your password because of ‘security reasons’, don’t click the link, just go to your settings and change your password.
8. Stay in the Know
Keep yourself up to date with all the happenings in tech. In today’s day and age ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is foolish and expensive. A few good sources that’ll keep you in the loop apart from us are CNET, Tech Crunch, Wired and Ars Technica. I also recommend subscribing to our awesome newsletter which has tons of great stuff in it.
Wishing you the best this holiday season.
~Aaron

Tags: , , , , , , ,

3 Responses to “8 Security Tips To Usher You Into The New Year”

  1. Helen Bond says:

    I agree – it is a great newsletter, and brilliant site for all kinds of tech information. Thanks to all of your wonderful team!

  2. Connie Tatta says:

    I have an iMac apple computer, will I be able to use the things that I order from Worldstart, I have been with you for many years. Please let me know.
    Thank you,Connie

    • cynthia says:

      It depends on the item. Software is not generally Mac-compatible unless it says so. There’s a lot less Mac software out there than Windows software because Windows runs on about 90% of machines. Things like USB drives will work, but you do need to always check for Mac compatibility.

Leave a Reply


Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: