'Safety is the number one priority.' That statement is not just said without a reason. It's a very important principle for individuals, businesses, organizations and online entities. At least, it should be. Just how there are dangers and risks involved with anything we do offline like our normal day to day activities, there are also things to caution against in our online and digital activities.
Look at it this way, seat belts are necessary for cars and privacy policies are necessary for websites. Or, following traffic rules are important for drivers and following data security protocols are important for entities that come in contact with user information and data. We know all the traffic rules and make sure to get a car with seat belts but do we all know what rules to follow and procedures to practice to protect ourselves online?
The first rule to follow is to check the website you are on for its site encryption. Always look to check the little padlock at the left side of the site URL. It could be green or just grey, depending on your browser but it would be there if the site is protected through encryption meaning that whatever information going through it is safe and secure.
Test it for yourself. Go to Plagiarism Checker X's website and see to the URLs left. You'll find a padlock icon which if you click will state hot it is verified and secure. You can also check the permissions you have given to a website through this method. However, all websites do not follow these safety protocols and won't have a secured connection. Meaning that you should avoid them at all costs to protect your information from being misused.
You wouldn't think to buy groceries from a run down and about to fall apart kind of market, right? The same rule applies when downloading software. It is never a good idea to get software from unverified websites that don't have secure connections or seem like they would be hosting viruses and scam. For example, getting prompted by a random and unknown request to enter your email when you go to a software page before clicking download is not really a certificate of authenticity.
These risks related to downloads can be avoided by using renowned, secure, industry leading software platforms or the original software website itself. Take Plagiarism Checker X's page on CNET as an example, it provides users with important information and secure downloads through its own site or directs them to our website for a secure download. Adopting safety practices such as this get us a step closer towards a safe online environment.
What do we do about it?
There are clearly more rules than two but they are better dealt with separately and deserve undivided attention instead of a brief mention in a long list. Rule 1 and 2 are a starting point and provide a good foundation of online practices that can keep a user safe while browsing, posting, reading, buying or downloading online.
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Look at it this way, seat belts are necessary for cars and privacy policies are necessary for websites. Or, following traffic rules are important for drivers and following data security protocols are important for entities that come in contact with...