Why should I worry about surfing the web? It’s not like I have anything to hide!
If you’re using a computer at school, then chances are you’ve got homework and class notes on it, plus precious content like pictures, your credit card info, social network accounts, music, and more. You wouldn’t knowingly download malware or a virus that could steal your personal information, bombard your friends with spam, or even ruin your device, but it could happen.
Malware is software that’s designed to be malicious and is on the rise due to the profits cybercriminals can make from it. The best way to help protect yourself from it is: (1) Be careful about what email attachments you open, (2) Be cautious when surfing and stay away from suspicious websites and (3) Install and maintain an updated, quality protection program like Norton Security.
I use Public Wi-Fi on and off campus – but I don’t click on stuff so I’m safe, right?
If you’re using public Wi-Fi in places like coffee shops and even libraries, cybercriminals could eavesdrop on Wi-Fi signals and access everything that you’re doing online, from viewing the web pages you’ve visited, to capturing your login credentials or anything you entered online, as well as hijacking your accounts. And they can also set up fake hotspots – so even though it might look like you’re connecting to your campus’s public Wi-Fi, when you’re actually connecting to a rogue hotspot where your private info is on display. Norton Secure VPN can help protect you on campus and off.
Why should I have protection for my devices?
Imagine that your device is like a digital backpack and all of your personal information, money, bank card numbers, schoolwork and passwords are zipped up in it. If it was stolen what would you do?