You're about to watch a video via YouTube. Hell, you watch dozens of videos every day on YouTube. But do you have any idea how it works?
If not, it's worth watching this video. Where does all that video live? How does it get to you? And why the hell do you have to put up with buffering anyway? Time to find out. [YouTube]
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How To Be Safe On The Internet
How To Be Safe On The Internet
Not having an antivirus installed and going online is near suicide. Hackers are waiting just outside your network to find that one patsy who thought going online unprotected should be harmless. Don't be that patsy.
Install a dedicated antivirus software on your computer. There are a lot of third-party antivirus software available. Even Windows' home-baked stuff is good enough to protect you from the general threats.
Also, don't forget to turn on the firewall on windows.
This not only helps in keeping the different aspects of life organized in a clutter-free way, but also keeps the threats of losing your entire identity online, at bay.
Maintain a work email for those work-related appointments, conversations and documents.
A personal email for keeping in touch with friends and family as well as for online transactions and other non-work related things.
A junk email for the multiple sign-ups you have to do online. Use this email ID to log in to your social media accounts, games and other places where a sign up is required. Let this be overloaded with spam. Just don't keep any sensitive personal data on this account.
Often times you may find a pretty mail sitting on top of your inbox telling you how you just won a million British Pounds. Stop kidding yourself. You knows its not true. Don't fall for it.
Avoid emails that say you have won a million dollars, that invites to play lotteries, that ask you donate to charity following a heart-wrenching story.
There are no free lunches.
Phishing is when hackers manage to get hold of your passwords and thus assume your identity. Something that of course, you don't want.
Here's a point to keep in mind: No company will ever ask for your credentials over email, even if its doomsday and its the only way to save Earth.
Always check the email ID from which a suspiscous email is sent. More often than not, a phishing email ID will have slight alterations in the address. That should be your first sign. Next, don't click on any link in the email that claims there is some problem in your account. Finally, hover your mouse around a link to check where it leads on the bottom-left corner of your browser.
Cookies are tiny files that websites keep on your computer so that it doesn't have to fetch all the information about you the next time you come to the website. Ideally, they are pretty harmless, but they are the perfect vessels on which hackers can gain entry to your personal data.
By analyzing your cookies, scammers can give you personalized deals which will make them look very legitimate.
Always use an anti-spyware to keep rogue cookies at bay. Nothing tastes as bitter as a rogue cookie!
Rule one of keeping a password is you don't repeat a password. Rule two of keeping a password is you don't repeat a password.
Besides this very basic rule, never keep a dictionary words as your password. It may seem cool to name your password out of the 118 elements of the periodic table, but modern day computers can crack in a couple of minutes. To avoid losing your identity, create a password containing special characters, upper and lower case letters and numbers.
Try not to state the obvious, like repeating your username as your password, or keeping your first name as your password. To keep a track of all the different password you use, maintain a password vault. There a lot of applications that store passwords securely for you. Chrome does it for you too. Just scroll down to advance settings in the settings menu and you'll find it.