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Browsing on the Internet

A browser is a programme that enables you to navigate through the Internet. Browsers are usually supplied free of charge, the most popular being Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari.

Always use the latest releases of well-known browsers, which also offer protection against bogus webpages and non-secure websites.

To protect your browsing on the Internet:

  • Keep your browser fully protected with the latest security updates.
  • Learn about your browser’s security settings from the manufacturer’s website and follow the guidelines for safe internet browsing.
  • Set your browser to download and run automatically all upgrades provided by the manufacturer.
  • Always check carefully the authenticity of the webpages you use, especially when using e-banking services, e-stores, auction sites and social networking.
  • Type out the webpage address yourself and not simply by clicking on the link that may have been sent to you via e-mail or displayed on other webpages.
  • When the webpage is displayed, make sure that the address is the same as the one you typed out.
  • Check that the address starts with https (and not http) and that a lock icon is displayed before you supply any personal or sensitive information via the Internet. By double clicking the lock icon, data will be displayed which will help you check that you are on an authentic webpage.
  • Once you’ve finished your task, log off before navigating away from a website.
  • Be cautious when sending information to social networking sites (such as Facebook and MySpace).

If you connect to the internet via wifi, you should pay special attention to the following:

  • If the network you’re using is your own, make sure your router’s security settings have been properly activated. You should be able to find relevant information in the manufacturer’s instructions. Even if the security settings have been  set for a wireless network, it is better to use wired access when you wish to have maximum security.
  • If the network is not controlled by you, do not use and/or communicate personal data. Do not enter websites where you need to enter your passwords, as they can be intercepted quite easily.
  • If you’re connecting to the internet via a public network (at internet cafés, hotels etc) do not use and/or communicate personal data. Do not enter websites where you need to use your passwords. Such networks are not always safe and your personal data may be intercepted.

 

Ensure to make backups of your data on a regular and frequent basis. In this way, if your system is attacked by a virus, you will be able to recover files that are important to you, and restore the system to the state it was in prior to the malware attack.