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Security resolutions for 2020 to stay safe online!

December 31, 2019
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As we are about to enter the new year, it’s ritualistic to reflect on our experiences from the passing year and make resolutions for the New Year. Most people make resolutions around good heath, their life goals, etc. Here is a different angle to our routine resolutions’ list – Security Resolutions everyone should make for 2020 to stay safe online.

To keep yourself safe on the internet – first and the most important thing is – DON’T GET LURED BY ANY FREE OFFERS. In this world, nothing comes for free!

  • The guy offering you free Credit Card in any shopping mall, is actually more interested in knowing your mobile number, your earning details, your spending habits, your address and many such personal things.
  • The pop-ups which you see every now and then while accessing internet or playing mobile games, which claim to offer you something, are actually click-baits/traps. These can be very risky and infect your computer or mobile phone.
  • The café providing you free WiFi, might be stealthily collecting data about your internet browsing habits, as soon as you connect with the free Wi-Fi.
  • The mobile app claiming to speed up your lagging smart phone, actually wants to get control of your phone and sniff all the stored passwords.
  • The free antivirus software asking your permission to share feedback with them, is actually more interested in knowing your browser history and file hashes on your system.
  • The caller identification apps on your phone, actually steal all the contacts in your phone book to build their own master database of contacts.
  • Though unknowingly, but you end up giving full read access of all the data on your phone, when you use free file sharing apps.

And this list goes on ….

While we cannot wipe away our past mistakes, we can definitely avoid doing them in future. So, let’s make the following resolutions this year, to keep yourself safe online.

  • Buy and install a good antivirus software. Yes, pay for it! It won’t cost you more than a dinner in a fancy restaurant.
  • Don’t use pirated software. The most notorious ransomware from 2019 – STOP, was known to spread through software cracks.
  • If you are a Windows user, use licenced copy of it. This will ensure you get all the latest security patches and updates from Microsoft.
  • Apply all the security updates for your operating systems. Remember WannaCry? Though Microsoft had a patch for it, it spread fast through unpatched Windows Systems.
  • Don’t download attachments in emails received from unknown sender. Email is one of the most prevalent attack vectors.
  • Don’t fall prey to fraudulent emails or messages, in the rush to claim the price for a lottery which you had never bought.
  • Use social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram sensibly. Remember you are leaving your trail behind, and anybody out there can misuse it.
  • Don’t accept each and every friend request you get on social networks, dating apps, etc. The requester may be doing a social engineering attack on you.
  • Never ever share your mobile number or address on any social networking site. We’ve seen people openly sharing complete address and phone numbers. Though they might think it’s visible to only their friend, it may not be always true.
  • Use separate email IDs for use of social media, banking related stuff, use of study forums, etc.
  • Don’t visit porn sites or adult forums from the same computer which you use for internet banking or doing any financial transactions. These sites are full of traps and malicious links.
  • Don’t give your smart phone, tab or laptop for repairs without clearing your personal data from it. This data can be misused or get leaked online.
  • Don’t throw your old laptops, SD cards, USBs directly. Dispose them off properly. Chances are that someone might recover your personal information stored on them and misuse it against you.

Have a digitally safe and secure New Year 2020!

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Pavan Thorat
About Pavan Thorat
Pavan Thorat is a Sr Project Manager at Quick Heal and he is currently leading the IPS, Android Threat Research and Automation teams. He has around 14 years’...
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  1. Your article is very Good for all internet users.

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  2. Very good & Informative article !!!

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  3. Thanks for the information. It was really helpful because there were some security issues that I never thought of until now

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  4. rajendra kaiwartJanuary 2, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Very good & Informative like it

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  5. DHIRAJ KUMARJanuary 2, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Thank you for information. like this

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  6. Raosaheb K JadhavJanuary 2, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    good experience.

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  7. Jude M GonsalvesJanuary 2, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Thank you very much for this update

    Wishing a much deserved Happy New Year 2020, to everyone in your Organisation

    God bless you for your ongoing support.

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  8. Thank you so very much for safe guarding us, from never ending smartness, to siphon confidential information, we really appreciate you all for your relentless effort, keeping on your toes, for new mend to protect us, Wish you all a very healthy, intuitive future ahead, in keeping your mind with the new research, it is always said before our safeguarding, they go ahead to find new ways, wish you all the very best in your endeavors, regards

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  9. Very informative. Thanks for the same

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  10. Rajeev MaheshwariJanuary 3, 2020 at 9:25 AM

    Thanks for good information for me.

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  11. Thanks for good information and We expect more security measures this year 2020 from Quick heal family.

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  12. Surya Narayan DasJanuary 5, 2020 at 10:55 PM

    Happy New Year 2020

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  13. kuthirampur gpJanuary 8, 2020 at 3:28 PM

    GOOD

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  14. badri8824@gmail.comJanuary 8, 2020 at 8:33 PM

    Super

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  15. Subhash AdvaneyJanuary 9, 2020 at 6:31 AM

    Your article is good for internet users..

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  16. raju kuumarJanuary 9, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    SUPER

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  17. MANIK KAMBLEJanuary 10, 2020 at 4:26 AM

    Great Informative for internet user,
    Thank Sir.

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  18. MANIK KAMBLEJanuary 10, 2020 at 4:29 AM

    Great Informative for internet user,
    Thanks Sir.

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  19. RAJESH KUMAR SINGHJanuary 10, 2020 at 1:46 PM

    THIS IS GOOD ANTI VIRUS PRO

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  20. Subhash AdvaneyJanuary 12, 2020 at 6:26 AM

    USEFUL INFORMATION.

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  21. hrithwick kumarJanuary 12, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    thnks

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  22. PRASANTA KUMAR GHOSHJanuary 12, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    Excellent and informative write up. Thank you.

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  23. HI VERY VERY GOOD

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  24. vijaykumarkalidassolanki@gmail.comJanuary 12, 2020 at 8:20 PM

    Good learning

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  25. shail.itsuport@gmail.comJanuary 14, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Thanks for the information. It was really helpful
    for android and computer user

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  26. Deepak SharmahJanuary 14, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    Very well explained Pavan . A must read for everyone

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  27. good information to keep us updated. thank you..

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  28. Excellent work . Thanks for your advice. Keep doing good work.

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