The Jakarta Post
When browsing the internet, users should always protect themselves instead of merely relying on their service provider to do so. (Shutterstock/File)
Coinciding with the 2017 Safer Internet Day, Google engineering director Parisa Tabriz, who started her career as a freelance hacker and software engineer for Google, shared several internet browsing safety tips via a live interview on Tuesday.
In addition to warning about intervention by third parties, even when browsing through a private site, Tabriz said users should always try to protect themselves instead of merely relying on their service provider to do so.
Here are some browsing safety tips shared by Tabriz as reported by Antara news agency.
Be suspicious of unsolicited help or freebies
Do not easily believe when a third party offers any kind of help for free on the internet. Tabriz said that an attacker could asked users to do something that reduced their security when browsing online.
Do not use the same password
Users are advised to use different passwords for each of their online accounts. She suggested using a password manager to help users remember them all.
Be careful when using shared computers
Tabriz said users should not log on to their accounts when using shared computers and, most importantly, not verify their accounts’ safety configuration while doing so. She advised to turn on the recovery email option so that if something happened, users could gain access to the account through an alternative email.
Know your software and application
Users should know all the applications and software installed on their devices, be it smartphones or personal computers.
Update your program and application
Tabriz advised users to update their programs and applications regularly. Software should always be updated to increase its performance and safety, she said. (mas/kes)