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Batman's Guide To Using The Internet Securely

Here's how you can be like Batman, when it comes to bolstering your internet security and staying safe online.

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Unless you want to end up becoming an easy target for the likes of A.R.G.U.S and be told what to do and whatnot by Amanda Waller-like figures, you should reconsider your approach in regards to your internet security. To make this possible, you will need to up your game, and always be prepared, much like the caped crusader, Batman.

"I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Batman"

If you wish to follow in the footsteps of the Dark Knight, and want to give hackers and cybercriminals a run for their money, here is what you need to do:

Get Rid of Free Applications


There is a good reason why Bruce Wayne is a multi-billionaire, and that is largely because he keeps up-to-date, which also means he does his homework. If you had done yours, you would know you are put yourself at risk by installing free applications on your devices.

If something is available for free, it will come at a price. This can be in the form of giving out personal information, or allowing developers to track your activities. Since the caped crusader cannot afford being discovered, such apps would have no place in his devices. Which begs the question; what are such apps doing on yours?

"It is always the darkest just before the dawn"

2-Factor Authentication is your Ally


Even though Batman is smarter, faster and stronger, and can even go against Darkseid (and even managed to outthink him), he can't always accomplish such feats on his own. On several occasions, Batman has had to rely on his allies to help him do the unthinkable and turn the odds in their favor. Similarly, you too must make use of allies to aid your cause.

Many people fail to realize that 2-factor authentication is an asset to their cause, and not a liability. Of course it may seem to be a hassle to go through so much to be able to access your account, but it is a necessity nonetheless. How it works is that it requires you to provide a second form of authentication, like providing a code that was sent to your phone.

“Why do we fall?
So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”

You Must Stay Vigilant At All Times


Batman is after all, only human. Much like us, he too has made countless mistakes over the years. However, his life is nothing short less than a lesson for those eager to learn. Every time the Dark Knight has had to fall, he has always risen, stronger than ever before. Keeping this in mind, you too must keep trying and learn as much as you can about internet security.

You are your own worst enemy at times, but that is not something that cannot be overcome. When you come to realize you are your own security layer, you will see things much differently. Additionally, you will prevent hackers from psychologically manipulating you and using social engineering techniques to get the information they need to compromise you. Remember, it is reasonable to be skeptical, and never assume that your OS and security software will save you from everything being thrown your way.

“The antidote to joy is dread.”

Use Different Passwords for Different Accounts


Prevention is better than cure, and this is exactly why Batman takes no chances when dealing with the toughest of his adversaries. Also, no villain big or small is taken lightly by the Knight of Gotham. This is the reason why something as trivial as a password is awarded great importance by Batman.

Batman has a massive archive, with information pertaining to each and every superhero and villain he has come across. This also includes information regarding their strengths and an Achilles heel that can be exploited by the Bat, when things take a turn for the worse. However, if this information lands in the wrong hands, it will be disastrous to say the least, as seen in Justice League: Doom.

When it comes to your own information, it is a good idea to encrypt it and protect it with a password. Ensure different passwords are used for different files, and this applies to the different accounts you may own as well. If you are having a hard time keeping track of your passwords, invest in a good password manager.

“Holy broken nose, Batman!”

Your Robin


Even though Robin is not credited for much, he does play an important role in helping Batman kick the butts of evildoers. Similarly, a VPN just might prove to be your Robin when it comes to kicking the butts of trackers, malware, ransonware and viruses. Plus, a VPN keeps you anonymous, even in a city of million people, just like the Batman is!

That being said, you now have everything you need to know about enhancing your internet security, no different from what Batman would have done. What are you waiting for? Prevent the next 'Joker' from compromising your online security by utilizing the tips mentioned above to your advantage (make sure you wear your Batman cape while doing so).

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