2012-10-14

Online Security: Rules to stay safe online


Some basic rules of thumb to use when online to increase your safety online, ordered in order of
  • General
    • Never open or reply to any email from an unknown. Consider it suspicious.
    • Never click a link given by a stranger or even by a friend if you've not asked for it.

  • Broswer related
    • Disable redirects (links might redirect you to fake pages!)
    • Use HTTPS instead of plain HTTP
    • Block Javascript & Java
    • Block Ads
    • Block 3rd parties in webpages (most of which are hidden)
    • Control cross-site requests
    • Erase internet history, private data, cookies
    • Erase Flash Local Shared Objects (LSO), also known as long-term Super-Cookies

Note: Pages might not load well enough with the above; you will often need to allow some services & parties, but at least its under your control!


  • Chatting
    • Follow the "General"
    • Use a good Instant Messenger
    • Use encryption

And remember, a computer is as smart as its user is & secure as cautious its user is!


Disclaimer: Please be warned that following the above rules increases your online security but it is by no means guaranteed to be completely safe! As a matter of fact, there's nothing as being completely safe online!

Thanks for reading


last update: 2012-10-14

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