Computer security: how to stay safe on the internet?

When you have created a website or a blog, you need to be careful about computer security. SiteW helps you today to acquire the best practices and gives you all the security tips you need to browse safely. As far as Internet use is concerned, the figures are edifying: in France, the so-called penetration rate (number of users in relation to the total population), reached no less than 83% in 2014 (compared to 42.3% worldwide and 70.5% for Europe). As for social networks, they now reach 45% of French people and engage them on average 2 hours a day.

The development of online purchasing is also impressive: half of the French population bought on the Internet during the year and nearly 20% of French people use online banking services. All these practices make life easier for users, but they also expose them to new risks that are still unknown to some. We will first review the various risks linked to the Internet and computer security, then list the solutions that exist to protect oneself. This will give you all the security advice you need to surf the Internet freely.

Computer security: how to identify online scams?
Here are the different risks you may encounter when surfing the Internet: The advent of the web has seen many scam attempts flourish that jeopardise computer security. Here are the most common ones:

Phishing: This illegal practice consists of sending a fraudulent email asking you to provide your bank details, or creating a fake site similar to your bank’s that collects your bank account details.
Vishing: is a practice similar to phishing. It also involves impersonating your bank by reporting unusual transactions on your account and inviting you to call a premium rate number, then asking for your bank details.
In both cases, if you have any doubts, you should contact your bank to verify any information that you find suspicious.

The 419 scam: consists of sending an e-mail asking for financial assistance.
Finally, “ransomware” is malicious software usually contained in a link inside an email.
Ensure your computer security
Cyber attacks
Denial of service attack (DoS): this involves saturating a system with information, so that it cannot function normally.
Data theft is another type of attack: it can consist of breaking into your computer to destroy, damage or steal your data.
Defacement is the hijacking of a page (often the homepage) of a site by a hacker. The page is modified (often to convey a message, a claim), but there is generally no loss of data.
SiteW protects your websites from this type of attack by using redundant data backups and a regularly updated platform that is designed to be free of vulnerabilities, to ensure that you are perfectly safe.

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