5 Ways to Browse the Web Safely

August 29th, 2022

By Darren Jackson


    • Browse Securely through a VPN

    When you browse the web using a VPN network, your security is increased. In order to prevent web browsers and internet service providers from tracking your IP address, VPN, also known as Virtual Private Network, encrypts your browsing data and masks your IP address.

    This is especially useful when you are checking your bank accounts in your neighborhood café or your emails at the mall. In this way, your surfing history is protected, and you are free to browse privately without worrying about data theft or other people finding out where you are.


    • Clear your Cache Data

    Your web browser’s cache memory is where sensitive data of all kinds, including personal information, passwords, cookies, and surfing information, is kept. Your data, however, is now exposed to online hackers and cyber attacks. It’s safe to delete your cache data to stop websites from accessing your privacy settings and stealing important information.

    Your private images, credit card information, passwords, browsing history, login information, shopping cart information, etc. may be included in this data. By erasing browser cookies and cache data on predetermined days of the week, you can automate this feature. Or you might do it every week on a regular basis.


    • Use a Password Manager

    Your password is one of the first things that hackers go after when stealing your data. When creating a password, experiment with different alphabet, numeric, and special character combinations. The only password you need to know is the one to launch your password manager because password managers may automatically log you into your accounts.

    Avoid using obvious passwords since they could be guessed. Never use the same password for several accounts; instead, use a different password for each one.


    • Browsing Etiquette

    1. Avoid browsing torrents:
    they are often full with malicious software and useless files that you shouldn’t download. Don’t download files from torrent sites and run them on your computer. They might have harmful Trojans or viruses that will encrypt your data, rendering it useless, and transport it to an unidentified site.

    2. Websites that are potentially dangerous:
    Only visit secured or HTTPS-enabled websites. These websites feature a green padlock at the beginning of the URL, which is typically a sign of a reliable website. Websites that support HTTPS encrypt your website traffic to prevent data theft.

    3. Logging out:
    Always log out of your account before closing the web browser after surfing on secure websites. This makes it tough to read your data and keeps your transactions private. The greatest practice to follow when viewing websites is to log out, whether you are using a laptop or a smartphone. 

    • Use More Secure Browsers

    Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge aren’t the only browsers out there, in fact there are more secure browsers that may be downloaded. The built-in security features of browsers like Tor, Opera, Vivaldi, and Brave include  HTTPS browsing, private browsing only, ad blockers, battery-saving modes, and more.

    When using these browsers to visit websites, web browsing is safer and more secure. These browsers provide cutting-edge privacy and security features, and several of them are open-source.





    In Conclusion


    While many users don’t fully understand the proper way to utilize a VPN to its fullest potential, our team has the expertise and experience necessary to be able to help consult and guide you on how best to use a VPN to truly stay safe in an increasingly dangerous online world.   Come on in to talk to us today and set your mind at ease!