It is possible and quite easy for anyone to become a victim of the unpleasant side of the Internet and the good thing is that, you can prevent it as much as possible and anyone who has gone through that troubling experience before might be able to avoid a re-occurrence.

Here are, therefore, 6 tips from the acronym, “U.P.D.A.T.E.,” which is found in the book “Future Crimes” by Mark Goodman, that you can use in protecting yourself on the Internet..

U stands for UPDATE

You should make it a point of duty to update anything and everything, whether it is your operating system, programs or applications – as long as your computer or any other device that you are using is used online, then, it must be updated.

P is for PHONE

Make sure your phone serves as your second layer security and this can be achieved by turning on 2 factor authentication.


Be careful what you allow into your system. It is advisable not to download anything that you are not sure of the source. Also, do not click on pop-ups or links. Instead, copy the link and visit the website directly from your browser.


The general security advice is to have user accounts for both Administrator and Guest, so that, whenever you are not doing anything important, you can simply login as guest. That way if a malware gets in, they really cannot do so much without admin permissions.

T is for TURN OFF

Simply turn off your computer when not in use. If you leave it on and it is connected to the Internet, then, anything can happen, but if it is off when a worm strikes, it will not get infected.

E is for Encrypt

With the way our lives are becoming increasingly wired to the cloud, encryption is no longer optional, but compulsory, so,do your best to turn on encrption for all your devices. That way, unauthorised access becomes a lot more difficult.

There you have it. So anytime you think about the Internet, your devices or security online, let the acronym, U.P.D.A.T.E., be a sort of guide.