Internet security is like a science in its own right. It would take forever to explain all the different elements, the different dangers online and the different protection methods that are out there. Unfortunately, having some basic knowledge on internet security is vital in today’s day and age. Hopefully, the following will give you some of the basic knowledge you require.

Internet Security


Firewalls: If you are looking for the best internet security, you need something with an excellent firewall. Firewalls stop external sources from entering your computer. You can set a good firewall from low to high, in case some access is required. Furthermore, it creates log files, so you can see who is trying to access your computer and what type of data you send out.


Antivirus Software: Next, you have to make sure you have an excellent antivirus program. There are many different types of viruses out there, such as the Trojan horse. Essentially, it is an invading program that could do anything from steal all your personal information to break down your entire network. While antivirus software programs are really good, they are not completely fool proof. You must also take ownership yourself. Don’t ever open an attachment that you are not expecting and don’t download things from non-trusted sources, for instance.


Anti-Spyware and Anti-Adware: Also essential is adware software. This stops popups from appearing all over the place. Spyware isn’t about advertising, however. Spyware is a little program that hides in your computer and tells its owner everything that you are doing. Spyware is usually secretly attached to other files that you may download. While they don’t generally harm your system, they do harm you because they try to obtain your personal details, often for the purpose of identity theft.


Secure Web Browsing: Finally, you need to make sure that you can browse the web safely. Again, this is something that you also need to take ownership of yourself. Disable third party cookies if you can, so that advertisers cannot track you anymore. This should be easy enough to change in your browser’s privacy options.

Secondly, you could ask for your browser to give you so called “warning text boxes”. This means that you get an alert whenever you enter a page through an unsecured connection. You should be able to set this in your security options in your browser. Additionally, you could download some add-ons, such as No-Script or Ad-Block, which will do most of this work for you. However, as always, never put all your faith into a single program.

Also see: How To Protect Yourself Against Phishing Scams

The internet, unfortunately, is not a safe place. At the same time, however, it is not a place that you can avoid in today’s day and age. We do everything online, from paying our bills to shopping for groceries and from booking a holiday to managing our bank account. Staying safe is not impossible, but it does require you to do a bit of research and to be aware of the dangers that are out there, so that you can be proactive at all times.