19 ways to stay safe online and keep internet threats at a bay

Douglas Mabiria Last updated: September 13, 2022 Read time: 18 minutes Disclosure

Staying safe online does not have to be complex. This detailed guide explains easy ways to protect your privacy over the internet.

Sneak peek at staying safe online

The rapid increase in cyber-attacks – a nightmare for geeky internet users – has significantly threatened users’ online security and privacy. Thus, taking serious steps to stay safe online is inevitable. Using strong passwords and two-factor authentication for official and private accounts is highly recommended. Furthermore, some third-party firewall apps, top-notch VPNs, and proxies are also available, offering robust security features. As you read this article, you will find some more effective tips that help you avoid common internet threats.

The internet – arguably the best technology – has evolved from a mere invention to become part of human life. Interestingly, from communications and education to businesses, the usefulness of the internet is evident in all sectors. But, with all its advantages, the internet comes with a plethora of risks, making it challenging to stay safe online without modifying your browsing habits.

With scams, hacking attacks, malware, and many other digital threats proliferating, the web has seemingly become dangerous. Thus, every internet user, from individuals to businesses, needs to apply various practices to prevent online threats.

Although, some companies strive to keep you safe online by deploying some security features. But still, you have to do more from your side to ensure total security.

In simple words, you should be aware of the dangers as much as you get excited about the cool things when stepping into the online world. That’s because if an attacker gets hold of your personal information, a lot of damage will likely come your way.

Gladly, while the internet seems a jungle of a million threats, you can still easily protect your online privacy with many easy ways. This article explains them all to you.

How to stay safe online – Quick summary

Staying secure online is all about applying basic security measures at every step. It’s more about developing the mindset for online security rather than merely following some instructions.

So, if you already have that mindset and want to know how you can achieve online safety, here is a quick overview of all 19 methods that this article describes in detail.

  • Secure your device with a robust antivirus/antimalware solution.
  • Protect your network with a firewall and a robust VPN.
  • Protect all your personal and official accounts with strong passwords and multi-factor authentication.
  • Avoid being more than ‘social’ on social media.
  • Think twice before clicking on a link or opening an attachment, or downloading a file.
  • Never fall for any message, email, or offer from a stranger.
  • Switch to secure online payment options instead of using your credit card or bank details.
  • Teach your kids about online privacy.
  • Remember, “nothing is for free in the online world (besides advice)” – re-read this point.

Are you curious to know how to implement these points to stay safe from online risks? Read along.

Ways to stay safe online

Perhaps, you may be thinking that protecting your online identity, personal devices, and internet activities could dig deep into your pockets.

However, most tips would cost you nothing but some time and attention.

Now, without any further ado, here are the ways that will help you protect your internet privacy.

1. Make use of a VPN

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are one of the top tools to protect your privacy online as they enable you to stay anonymous throughout your browsing sessions.

A VPN works by connecting the users to the internet via another server (a virtual server for the user). Also, the connection gets encrypted by the VPN service provider.

As the VPN makes your internet traffic go through a secure tunnel (the encrypted connection), online snoopers such as spammers, hackers, or governments cannot obtain your data. But even if they succeed in infiltrating the tunnel, they can’t read your data due to the VPN’s encryption.

Indeed, a VPN is your best line of defense whenever you go online, especially when using a free WiFi connection at a public place, like a coffee shop.

Lured by the idea of using free internet, you happily connect to the free WiFi available without realizing the security risks of such a connection. It’s in such places that attackers snoop into your device and even steal your important information.