If you’re looking for online jobs in the Philippines, here are some online safety and security tips you should consider when applying for jobs online.
Use a Different Email Address for your Personal Life and Employment
Create a second email account if you only have access to one, and use it exclusively for your online jobs. If your personal or work account is hacked, they won’t get access to both, causing you even more of a headache to sort. By having separate accounts, your work-related emails are kept organized and separate from your personal life.
Using a strong password is very important to keep you safe and secure online. Aim for something longer than eight characters; use both upper and lower case, a number and a special character. Use different passwords for your personal and work email. You should also have a secure password when you use the internet on your wi-fi. If using public wi-fi, it’s best to use a VPN as this gives you an additional layer of security via the Virtual Private Networks as they encrypt your data so the company operating the public wi-fi network can’t see the sites you are visiting and the data you are sending, cybercriminals will move on to the next target as they don’t have time to waste on people who are knowledgeable about cybersecurity.
Always research a company’s or person’s history before doing business with them. As much information as you can. Visit their websites, search for them on Google, read online reviews, and get recommendations from friends.
Similarly, use caution when using money-making apps. Examine a mobile app’s ratings and reviews on the App Store and Play Store before installing it. Learn whether most users have a favorable or unfavorable experience with the app. Additionally, look at how frequently the firm replies to customer comments and whether or not the responses are tailored or just pre-written. It’s very easy to fall for an online scam because you think this is an app and not a website, so I will be safe. Wrong apps are used for identity theft as well as phishing scams to steal your personal information.
Your Private Information Shouldn’t be Shared
Any sensitive personal or financial information, including your birth date, middle name, online banking password, and credit or debit card information (including the card number, CVV/CVC code, and expiration date), should never be shared with anybody, even potential customers or business partners.
Avoid doing business with anybody or any organization that requests such information; they may be hackers who steal the identities of others and use their bank accounts for unauthorized activities. Stay safe online, and always think about with who you are sharing your personal data with; for example, you may share more data with an employer when you are working with them, for example, your date of birth, so they have a record of the ages of the staff they are employing or your sort code/bank account number so they can pay your wage, but no employer needs your online banking password.
Keep your Devices Safe
This is a simple yet frequently disregarded piece of advice. You depend heavily on your laptop and smartphone to make money online. In order to prevent catastrophes like damaged files, device lag, and hacking, it’s critical to maintain them secured against viruses, malware, and other cyber attacks. Always think about Internet Safety when you go online.
On your computer and mobile devices, be sure you do the following:
- Install and keep up-to-date antivirus security software.
- Maintain OS and browser updates. Install the most recent updates as soon as your device asks you to do so.
- On your MS Office documents, disable macros.
- Back up your data regularly.
Stay Away from Dubious Applications and Websites
You can be asked by customers to click or download anything. Use the Google Safe Browsing tool to determine whether a link includes malware if it appears questionable. To determine whether the website is safe to view, copy the URL and enter it into the search box.
When submitting data to a website, you should look for a padlock on your address bar. This indicates the website is on a secure server for inputting data.
Search online for reviews of the program you’re going to download to see if it’s secure. It’s possible that people who installed a certain software have blogged about their experiences.