Best_practices_for_safe_searchingHow many times a day do you go on to Google or Yahoo!? One of them might even be set as your home page, simply because you constantly rely on the site to search for everything from finding a local handyman to restaurant reviews to sports news. Both are reputable sites, so why would you need to be concerned with your internet security?

It’s so important to be educated on the risks that are out there and how to use these sites to help protect yourself and your family.

See the tips below for some of our best practices at BullGuard:

  • Utilize the search filters available on sites like Yahoo! and Google. Typically located under “Settings”. You can select to filter out explicit sexual content including all web pages, images and videos, as well as how many results you’d like to be displayed per search. This is especially helpful with little children in the house.
  • Check your spelling! Don’t search for something you didn’t intend to, with potentially disastrous results.
  • Pay attention to the warning pages that pop up, indicating you may receive results which contain potentially harmful materials. Think twice before clicking on one of those links.
  • Double-check links before you click on them. Amazzn.com is definitely not the same as Amazon.com, and is likely to put you at risk of a malware attack.
  • Be especially careful when searching Celebrities. Cybercriminals utilize popular celebrities to lure you to sites with malicious software. Especially be wary of ‘Free’ or ‘Never Seen’ photos and videos.

No matter what site you search on, you could be at risk. The tips above will definitely help in keeping your computer safe, and you can find more at BullGuard’s Internet Security Centre. In addition to staying informed, we strongly recommend an internet security suite like BullGuard Internet Security 2013. With a 98.6% malware detection rate, you can search safely and stress-free.

Try BullGuard Internet Security 2013 free for 60 days.

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (198 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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