The Ultimate Guide to Internet and Computer Security

Abeerah Hashim Last updated: April 27, 2023 Read time: 55 minutes Disclosure

This comprehensive cybersecurity guide will teach you all the essential security tips to protect your personal and professional life.

Achieving internet and computer security is now a fundamental right of every internet user. In fact, you should not only take care of your online privacy but also make others around you aware of it. Likewise, it would help if you also made arrangements for the online safety of your kids and family members when using your home network. This detailed security guide elaborates on how to achieve robust internet and computer security for your entire family.

The word “Internet” now no more remains a technical term for anyone. From the kids to the adults, or even our grandparents, everyone is familiar with what this facility is all about.

That’s the reason why the internet and computers are all around us, right from our offices to our bedrooms. It’s because of our increased, virtually irreversible dependence on it. Today, this utility isn’t just a computing luxury, but rather a necessity for everything.

However, the irony of this commonness of the internet is – nobody knows how exactly to use this service safely.

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While on the one hand, the internet has facilitated us in all walks of life. But, on the other hand, it has risked our personal privacy and online security. (Well, that’s the way how it works! We really can’t help it.)

However, it doesn’t mean that anyone connected to the internet has been breached. It’s just about the vulnerability and the potential exposure of innocent users to cyber threats that one should be wary of.

Then what should I do to protect my privacy? I hear you ask.

Well, in this detailed and ultimate guide to internet and computer security, we’ll highlight the basic digital privacy tips for you.

But wait, are you clear on why you should really care about this thing called “internet and computer security”? If your answer is ‘no,’ we’ve got you covered!

A quick look at what’s there in this security guide

  • Understanding the internet
  • Develop a mindset to implement basic security tips
  • Surf safely

Understanding the internet

Understanding the internet

Creating a key to open a padlock needs you to understand how it works. That’s what it takes to make and use the right key for it.

Likewise, to protect yourself on the internet, you should first understand how things work in the online world. Only then would you be able to work out a viable internet and computer security guide.

Basically, the internet is all about your interaction with third parties. In fact, this is how it’s built – by letting you network with people in other parts of the world.

By this, we don’t literally mean you conversing with your kith and kin in other cities/countries. Rather the services you use, particularly the ones that you do not own, constitute the internet, where the latter serves as a medium that links your device with the services, such as Google.

This linkage develops over the network data or the traffic generated from your device when you request access to it via the service website link or the URL. The internet transmits it to the destination (a third-party, like Google). This destination is the ‘server’ – the dedicated computer – belonging to the destination third party.

Once the data reaches the destination website server, it processes your request and responds accordingly. That’s how it appears on your computer screen.

For example, if you’re asking to sign in to a service, you’ll then see the login page load on your device browser.