The internet is full of malicious apps and websites, but how do you protect yourself?

Here are five tips that will make it easier to defend yourself from malicious software on the internet.


Do not click on links in emails, emails are not safe.

The FBI says most malicious software is targeted at children, but they don’t mean that they should always ignore links in your inbox.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) has advised you not to click on the email address associated with the email you want to send.

If you do click on a link in your email, the website is not safe for you to open.


Never click on ads.

You know when you click on an ad, you are giving up your privacy, right?

It may not be as tempting as you think, according to the FBI.

They recommend that you never click on any ads or other content that could be malicious.


Avoid sites that allow for anonymous access.

You may be more inclined to trust your computer to you when you are in control of it, but it’s also a good idea to check out the privacy settings of sites that offer anonymous access to you.

You can find more information about this in the Department of Homeland Security’s guide to Protecting Yourself from Anonymous Spammers.


Be wary of apps and sites that are designed to allow you to bypass the firewall.

You don’t need to install an app to bypass a firewall if it’s not one that requires you to register with a third party.


Protect your privacy by not clicking on the links.

It’s important to remember that if you click a link, the site or app is not only a threat to your privacy but to other users, too.

If there’s something you don’t want to see, click the “X” and stop it.