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How To Stay Safe While Spending Time Online

Advice about staying safe online is usually aimed at children but is something that applies to everyone, and always deserves consideration and attention. From strong passwords to secure online payments, there are many ways that online users can protect themselves. However, they also need to be mindful and aware of websites that are not secure, unknown links, and cyber security threats.

1. Create strong passwords

No matter which type of technology or device you are using, from a desktop to a laptop or a mobile to a tablet, it is crucial to always ensure that your passwords are safe and secure. While passwords that are simple are easier to remember, they are also easy for others to gain access. If you happen to have a simple password that is used for multiple logins, these people could then have access to a lot of different things. Changing your password regularly and using a mixture of symbols, numbers, and characters can help add protection to your accounts.

2. Only enter payment details into secure websites

Look at the search bar at the top of the screen. HTTPS shows that the website you are visiting has a secure connection, making it safe to enter personal details such as your debit or credit card number. HTTP, on the other hand, is considered insecure, which means your data is vulnerable and can be intercepted by a third party. Before you make any payments or submit private information, first check whether the website is secure.

3. Never click on links in posts from people you don’t know

One of the most important rules when receiving messages, emails, or browsing online, is do not click on strange links. Such phishing emails have links that lead to sites that may ask you to provide personal information or download malware to your computer. You should also beware of suspicious emails, even if they’re from people or companies you know. Hackers can create malicious emails that appear to be genuine. Forbes has some useful tips to avoid phishing attacks, such as checking sender’s email address, looking out for typos, and installing security software.

4. Play only on regulated & recommended online casino sites

The most essential tip for those who gamble online is to only play at reputable online casinos that are fully regulated. Casino review sites like The Pogg, can help adult players find the best online casinos to play at and also highlight one’s best to avoid. It is advisable to assess a casino’s reputation on a casino review website to consult online reviews and assess customer complaints. These websites can also helpfully highlight blacklisted casinos that should never be played on. These sites often rig software, deny payments, and change the rules of games.

5. Use only reliable payment methods

The best ways to pay online safely is through credit cards, debit cards, or payment services such as PayPal. It’s important to also ensure that the website you are paying on and inputting your card details is safe and secure with HTTPS. Another crucial mistake to avoid when paying online is to never use public Wi-Fi. Customers using public Wi-Fi to login into bank accounts or make payments is one of the easiest ways for people to steal information by hacking the Wi-Fi hotspots.

6. Be mindful of spending too much time gambling online

Spending a lot of time online can sometimes get out of hand as many users lose track of time and spend hours logged in. When participating in online gambling activities, it is important to track just how long you are spending on online casino games. While sticking to a time limit might be difficult for some players and problem gamblers, there are a range of useful tools and software that can help limit your time. Tools like Betblocker can be used for self exclusion to block access to thousands of gambling websites for a set amount of time. A self-exclusion precaution can prevent gambling from taking control of everyday life and help keep players safe.

 

Staff Writer at CPO Magazine