Web security is not as difficult as you might think. There are some super simple steps you can take to improve your browsing safety for your family. The first thing you can do regularly is to start deleting your browsing history correctly.
There are different types of information which is stored on your computer:
- URL History – this is simply the history of every web page that someone has visited. This also includes any data pertaining to downloading files, images and videos.
- Temporary Files – think of these as copies of items that you may have viewed, but not necessarily downloaded. Temporary files allow you to explore the internet faster by saving these files. They do take up room on your hard drive, and can lead hackers to sites that you visit regularly.
- Cookies – these are placed onto your computer by websites that you visit. They do this to provide you with new content when you revisit that site again.
- Search History – as the name suggests this is a record of items that you have searched for. It can be helpful when it comes to auto filling fields on websites.
Depending upon your browser you can remove most of these items yourself. Just remember that nothing you erase or remove will be deleted 100%. Any competent technical expert will be able to recover your history if necessary.
Protect Your Files
This is another easy tip that will help protect anyone who uses your computer. Always password protect your important files and any services that you use online. This includes your password and username to any banking sites, shopping carts and services, and any websites that you might own.
This prevents any other family member or unwanted hacker from accessing your personal information. There is nothing worse than not protecting your PayPal information and one of your kids decide to go shopping online.
You can protect your information in various ways:
- Setting Login Access – this is really helpful if more than one person is going to use the same computer. Simply create user accounts for each person. You can then limit sites that they visit and information they can access on the computer.
- Password Generators – these are a great tool to use to protect your usernames and password for any online sites that you use regularly. Most internet browsers will offer to remember your information for you. But, if you use an online one like 1Password your information is also stored offline, allowing you access from another computer if needed.
As you can see it does not take much to add a good layer of security to your home computer.
Want to know more about keeping safe online?
Check out my Web Security Explained: Keeping Safe in the Digital Age guide today.