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Internet security, the basics you should always remember.

28 August 2012

At the end of last week, Inteco raised the alarm about fake Facebook applications which, "disguised" as WhatsApp, the popular messaging service, attempted to find out user's personal details.

This made me stop and think about whether, after years of using the internet, we have actually learned the basic rules to make sure we are safe and secure when on line or whether, as the saying goes, the carpenter doesn't cut himself for the first ten years of his profession but then does because he gets overly confident.

Five basic rules to make sure we are safe on the internet

  • No one gives you something for nothing. In real life, in other words outside of the internet, no one comes up to us on the street and offers us a holiday just because they have seen us and we have been chosen, or offers us 1000 euros in exchange for 10, or a laptop at a much lower price than its market value. And they won't do this on the internet either.
  • Do not trust e-mails from addresses you don't know and be wary of those you do know.
  • Avoid Phishing, always make sure you have the latest version of your browser installed.
  • No one will ever ask you to confirm your details by e-mail.
  • Common sense. This is the most obvious guideline. We must be very aware of everything we do. If in doubt, it's best not to do anything at all. If you are not entirely sure, for example, in the case of WhatsApp and Facebook, you should always go to the developer's website and check whether they have actually added this service to the social network or other medium.