10 Most Dangerous Online Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Ordering From Insecure Sites

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7. Ordering From Insecure Sites

There are tons of sites on the internet offering all kinds of goods and services, but not all of them are from reputable companies. Just because a website has an online storefront, does not mean they’re a legitimate company.

When ordering online, make sure the website address changes from ‘http’ to ‘https’ when you connect. The https means you are on a secure server, which ensures you credit card information is protected if you make a purchase.

Clicking Links in Emails

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8. Clicking Links in Emails

Very often if you click on a highlighted link in an email, it will take you to a phishing site that resembles a well known website, usually a bank, Paypal, or similar financial institution. If you were to input your login information there, you’d essentially be handing over access to your account, putting you at immediate risk for identity theft.

If you’re not sure if an email is legitimate or not, check with the website directly. These fraud schemes are very common and Paypal or your bank will usually know about them already, and will post a warning on their landing page or blog.

Geotagging Personal Photos

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9. Geotagging Personal Photos

With so many apps asking to know or use your location, there’s greater risk now than ever before associated with geotagging. Photos especially should have the geotag feature turned off to protect you from online stalkers and criminals.

When you post about where you are in that moment, it can be an open invitation for someone to find you or take advantage of the fact you aren’t home. Keep yourself safe by turning off location and geotagging services and only posting about a place you were after you’re safely away from it or back home.