Unfortunately, Internet access is not accompanied by a standard manual, not even by a flyer with the rules of proper behavior and safety. Many users of the global network forget the simple measures of protection or they simply ignore them. Here’s the most frequent mistakes made while surfing the Internet:Internet Users Trust AnonymityAnonymity over the Internet is a myth for inexperienced users. Comments on news, articles or social networks remain a long time online and can be discovered by anyone with little experience in using a search engine. even without disclosing the real name, nicknames used once will also be used later and could get personal reputation.Users who forget to log out before publishing a comment on a blog don’t think that one day a potential employer will research their online activity before making a decision.Internet Users Ignore the Importance of Personal DataThe websites that offer free access ask for personal data. their importance is ignored by many users who forget that most sites will use their personal data to present them more attractive ads.Social networks are more open to third-party applications that have access to users’ personal data, process them and then forward them. Browser cookies are used by many sites to optimize the ads offered to users.Internet Users Are Using an Unsecured ConnectionThe websites that really comply with the users’ safety are using secured connections – HTTPS. these types of connections are important especially when users enter sensitive information, such as credit card series or personal address.
The absence of secure connection is not such a big problem when using a private network, password protected, but when using a public Wi-Fi, the risk of data theft increases significantly.Internet Users Leave Private Information in the BrowserThe more users spend time in the browser, the more information about searches will be remembered by the browser. Users who use the log on automatically option are the most exposed to information leakage when someone else uses that computer for an online search.In the absence of a password to a profile, the best solution is to delete the browser history after every browsing session. with a free program like CCleaner, for example, all stored browser cookies can be quickly and easily removed.Internet Users have No Backup (Offline) for Online DataThe FBI operation, which has closed the Megaupload website, caused important damages to many users of the service who weren’t using it for pirated content. Users who mistakenly believe that their files are backed up online and can be accessed at any time will face a big disappointment sooner or later.Just as the backup for data stored on the hard drive is important, files and data stored online are safer when there is an offline copy too. even the Facebook account can be saved offline, from the Account Settings – Download a copy of your Facebook data.