Mailing in the Digital Age: What You Need to Do to Stay Safe

Posted on Mar 4 2016 - 8:57am by Business Day TV

Digital AgeNot only do bad people exist in the real world, they also exist on the internet. Cyber crimes ranging from phishing to piracy happen every day; when a site disappears, another one spawns right after.

These crimes can start with your e-mails, if your account lacks protection, there is a possibility that you can become a target for hackers and people who phish for private information. These days, even information on physical mail can be sent to your email; if you are a frequent traveller and incapable to keep track of the mail you receive, there are postal services that can scan the contents of your mail, with your permission, of course, and send them to your e-mail. If you would like to receive the contents of your email using a different e-mail address, registering a private post box is also possible. In Dubai, companies like First Postbox offer these services.

Here are a few things to do to stay safe on the Internet:

Be Careful in Using Public Wireless Internet

If you are going to use it for browsing regular sites, then it is okay. But, avoid logging on to your social media accounts.

Creating Your Password

If possible, use numbers along with letters to create a password and since passwords are case sensitive, it would be better if you used both uppercase and lowercase letters. Avoid sharing your password with other people.

Avoid Clicking Links from Spam Mail

Some important emails may end up in the spam folder, check it occasionally, but be careful of what you click. Clicking random links might end up giving your device a virus.

Giving Information to People on the Internet

You have to be careful with whom you share your information with on the internet. Phishing is a cyber crime wherein other people ask you for personal information under false identities. Checking with the source of the emails will go a long way. As far as bank transactions go, if possible, manage your account through the telephone or in person.

Log Out When You’re on Another Person’s Computer

If you are using a device owned by a friend, company or a school library, it is wise to log out of your account. If you are not careful, there is a chance of other people being able to access your account without you knowing.

Staying safe on the Internet is just as important as staying safe in real life. Keeping these in mind will prevent you from suffering from things like identity theft and loss due to shared bank information.