The Internet is home to a large amount of inaccurate information, malicious individuals, malicious websites, and crimes. The following is a list of procedures and guidelines that anyone who uses a computer and is connected to the internet should take in order to protect their computers, personal notepad information, and themselves from being victims of computer crime.

Check that the data is encrypted

Sending sensitive information over the internet, such as login credentials, passwords, or credit card details, must always be done in a safe manner. Look for a small lock icon, also known as an Internet browser passcode lock, in the bottom right corner of your web browser or beside the address bar in order to validate this information. If the lock icon is visible, it should also be in the locked position rather than the unlocked position.

Make sure your password is secure.

Strong passwords are required for use on websites that handle confidential data, such as an online banking website. Additionally, it is advisable that you make use of a unique password for each website that calls for an account login. Consider utilising a password manager if you struggle to keep track of all of your different passwords.

Always use the two-factor authentication option when it’s available.

Two-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security by necessitating the completion of an additional step during the login verification process. After confirming your password using two-factor authentication, if the service does not recognise the computer you are using to access your account, it will send a text message to your phone containing a verification code. Even if someone knew your password but did not have access to your phone, they would not be able to access your account even if the password was correct.

Make sure that your software and operating system are always up to date.

The makers of operating systems often offer updates, and a significant portion of those upgrades address problems with the systems’ levels of safety. Be certain that your operating system is always using the most recent updates and that the developer continues to provide support for it. Microsoft has ended support for older versions of its operating systems, including Windows XP, and as a result, those systems will no longer receive updates.

Always exercise extreme caution when clicking on links and opening attachments via email.

Email attachments and hyperlinks that are delivered by email are two of the most prevalent ways that malicious software like viruses, malware, and ransomware are disseminated. When opening any attachments or clicking on any links in e-mails that you have received from any person, you should always use extreme caution (even friends and family).

There is no encryption for e-mail.

Never send sensitive notepad information over e-mail, such as passwords, credit card numbers, or other sensitive data of any kind. E-mails are not encrypted, thus it is possible for a third party to read them if they are stolen or intercepted.

Be wary of fraudulent phishing attempts.

Make sure you are aware of the many frauds and strategies used in phishing, which are designed to get you to reveal your account information. Theft and other forms of fraudulent conduct are commonplace on major websites as well as other well-known websites that require logins.