Practical Ways to be Safe Online

Here is a brief list of things you can do to protect yourself online.

  1. Do your updates often and regularly.
  2. Don’t download something you didn’t go looking for to begin with.
  3. Don’t believe pop-up warnings that tell you what’s wrong with your PC.
  4. Don’t let anyone remote into your computer if you didn’t go looking for them.
  5. Don’t ever call a phone number you are instructed to call. 100% scam!
  6. Don’t open attachments in email unless you expected it.
  7. Don’t click links in email unless you’re 1000% sure it’s okay.  1000 percent!
  8. Make it a habit to read every dialog box that pops up.  Don’t just click through them.
  9. Use a password manager. Lastpass is probably the best.
  10. Secure your network. Consult a professional.
  11. Use OpenDNS. Again, call a professional.
  12. Use Google Chrome, not Internet Explorer.
  13. Install uBlock Origin in Chrome.
  14. Use a commercial antivirus program (not free) such as ESET Endpoint Antivirus.

Meet the author

Dan grew up in New York State, and graduated from Queensbury High School in 1980. He received his bachelor's in computer science at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1984. He was a computer programmer at several insurance companies, and worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred for ten years. In July of 2002 after 18 years of programming, Dan founded Iowa PC Services, Inc. as a one-man computer repair business. He is an active member at the Grandview Church of Christ in Des Moines, and enjoys woodworking, walking, and grandchildren. Dan and his lovely wife, Donna, have two grown children and four grandchildren.