Securing your personal information is an important aspect of emergency preparedness. Whether it is protecting your identification or keeping personal documents, how you use the Internet can have a large effect on your preparations.
Previously, we’ve addressed the importance of storing documents for emergency purposes. We’ve even addressed how you can store these documents safely. Read our previous post.
We wanted to address how you can avoid threats on the Internet with things as simple as changing your browser or learning how hackers get your information.
There are billions of other people on the Internet and many of them have bad intentions. It’s important to be able to protect your information while you’re shopping at The Ready Store or watching that cute kitten video.
Last year, Accuvant, one of the leading security research firms, conducted a study to determine which browser was the most secure. They looked at three browsers – Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
“Accuvant’s study of browser security is probably the most comprehensive performed to date … Part of that effort led the researchers to examine how each browser performed when an intruder already had access a machine with each browser installed, and how much information they could obtain.“ (Read the LifeHaker article.)
The researchers determined that Google Chrome was the best browser for security purposes. They tested the browsers against malicious code and scripts on web pages. That means that when you visit a website, your personal information is less likely to be stolen when browsing with Chrome than any other browser.
If you’re interested, you can download the newest version of Google Chrome here.
We also found a pretty awesome tool in browserscope.org. You can visit the site and it will automatically detect what browser you are using and then compare it to other browsers and versions.
How to surf the Internet safely
There are certain schemes that hackers will use to try and gain access to your information. Here are a few:
Phishing. Phishing is when a hacker makes a fake website, e-mail or ad to try and get you to input your information. They try and look trustworthy so you’ll feel comfortable giving them your information.
Pop Ups and Ads. Never click on shady pop ups that offer free products or other unsolicited offers. Many times these can lead to a virus or Trojan.
Spyware. If you download a “free” program off the Internet, the hacker can bundle it with a program that spies on your computer behavior. Be careful on what programs you actually download from the Internet.
Vulnerabilities. We mentioned above how some web browsers are more secure than others. Sometimes hackers will attempt to hit the well-known weak spots of your web browser to trick your computer into thinking that a download is safe when it really is not.
So, you’re obviously an Internet user. What recommendations do you have? Comment below and let the ReadyNation know!