Because you clicked on and are now reading this blog, we now have access to your webcam. The indicator light isn’t on, but the camera is, and you are being recorded. Sound insane? Although Thoughtwire would never hack into your personal computing device, thousands have already fallen victim to just such a practice. Here are some quick tips to make sure your Internet security is up to par:
If it looks bad—chances are it probably is. If the website looks like it was built for Windows 98, tread lightly. You are more prone to getting a virus or malware from unsupported and old sites.
There are no free lunches on the Internet—it’s a cliché, but it’s true. Free virus scanners, free streaming videos and music, the free version of a pay product…usually they just cost you in the end. Loaded with malware and ads, anything free that you download could just be a bear with lipstick.
Firewalls—install them, make sure they work and get a good one. The number one way your computer gets compromised is through connection compromises. How can users online reach and talk to your computer? Firewalls restrict them so only who and what you want to get through actually will.
Protect your email—if you don’t know the sender, don’t open the email. Also, don’t fall for promotional garbage telling you that you’ve just won a billion dollars. If something gets through your spam filter, you can still mark it as such.