Beware of Bad Websites

By Lucy Walker  |  Updated May 28, 2017  |  Other | 

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Consider web safety a priority

You might feel as if this is an overstatement, but it is that simple. It takes just a few seconds for a careless user’s safety and privacy to be compromised online. You must learn about all the possible threats out there in order to recognize them in practice. Take this web safety quiz and find out your level of awareness of your internet security.

Never click on fishy websites

Sometimes, you will just have a bad feeling about a website for no obvious reason. Whenever you do, follow your instinct and simply DON’T CLICK on it. It might be that the website title, URL, or anything else seems wrong, so if you really want to dig into it, make sure that you evaluate its credibility before you make any wrong moves.

Search carefully

Even if you are searching for the most innocent thing, you might enter a search phrase that could take you to some really weird places. Try to keep your searches as simple and to the point as possible in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Type the address only if you are sure about it

Surprisingly, this gets a lot of people into trouble. You think you know a website address, but you are not quite sure, and you type it in carelessly, possibly putting yourself directly into trouble. If you are not 100% positively sure about the exact URL, use the search engine to find the website you are looking for, don’t risk getting in trouble over a misspelled word.

Use Internet filters

Internet filters are the best way to prevent or prohibit you or any other member of your family from visiting bad websites. Most search engines offer you the option to choose a “safe” search mode when browsing the internet, so you should definitely use it, as well as all the possibilities of your built-in filters that keep you protected from dangerous or explicit content. For instance, Google has Advanced Search settings that enable you to custom your website like this safety filters. Also, there are many filters you can buy or download for your upgraded online safety.

 

What steps have you taken to avoid bad websites?

Would you consider yourself as a safer surfer?