If you’re like me, you’ve probably come into people who don’t trust internet banking or credit card transactions at all, and you may have argued with them that they’re more likely to having their personal credentials stolen offline than online.

Despite the fact that this is true, customers should always be on the lookout for scams while purchasing things online. The criminals are constantly one step ahead of us, so we must always remain vigilant. The first thing people should do to ensure their online safety is to choose a password that is difficult to guess. Including capital and lowercase letters, as well as a number and a symbol, is required.

Using out-of-date browsers is another obvious but all-too-common blunder. Many individuals are still using Windows 98 or Windows Millennium, which came pre-installed with browsers that, if they haven’t been updated, are riddled with security flaws. Enough to pass a tank. Anti-fraud and anti-phishing plug-ins are now standard in most modern browsers, making browsing the web much safer.

It’s important to remember that this is the bare minimum in terms of internet security, along with a good antivirus programme. If you don’t know who the sender is, never open an attachment in an e-mail. It’s the same with visiting questionable links in web pages. What does it mean when a website’s URL looks suspicious? Sites where you can download illicit software, music, movies, etc. are often where you’ll find these kind of files. This information should be obvious to you if you use your common sense.