For those who love music in this Internet age, I would say that you are fortunate to speak of the least. No matter where you are, as long as you have Internet access you can listen to whatever rhythm that attracts your attention. The information age has been a huge blessing, the days of trekking from one store to another looking for that one album you want are over. Today, you can surf the internet and discover websites with what you are looking for.
However, the major disadvantage to this is that the more you spend time on the Internet, the more your chances of running into risk of having your personal information stolen or worst still get your computer infected with malware.
Identity theft happens all the time, malicious programs can be downloaded from the Internet, sometimes asynchronously. So how exactly are you going to protect yourself from these frequent phenomenon?
The truth is that there are some steps you can take to help you download music from the Internet safe and sound without having your computer infected with malicious programs or getting your personal information stolen. In this blog post, I will be sharing with you on how you can download music from the internet the safe way.
Don’t pirate songs
The easiest and the safest way to protect yourself when downloading music online is to resist the temptation of pirating music. Piracy doesn’t just hurt the artist, you can also get the blow. Those that pirate music through torrents or direct download stands the risk of downloading packets that often contains all kinds of nasty viruses and other malware which can infect your computer. Piracy is being unfair to the artist in question, and being safe means staying away from file sharing and doing the right thing.
Provide your information with discretion
If you love music and you always check out websites to download music legitimately, I would say: don’t give away too much information. Taking the legal route to get music online also is not immune from risks. iTunes, for example, is a great online store with millions of users browsing for music and lots more. However, a big marketplace like that is wonderful not just for music lovers but also presents a fat target for hackers.
Apple is no kid when it comes to security and yet every once in a while they get hit, like in the in both cases, people’s personal data ended up in the wrong hands and was most likely sold to the highest bidder.
To prevent something like this from happening to you, make sure you give as little information as you can to services that you use. To be precise, try to give nothing besides your name and email address or, better still use fake ones. If you have an online wallet, make sure to the best of your ability that it doesn’t link directly to your bank account.
Smart hackers can trace it back to your bank and raid the rest of your money if you are not smart about it. Whatever you do, never let websites remember your credit card. It seems convenient until you find yourself the victim of identity theft.
Use strong passwords online
You are not doing yourself any good when you use weak passwords for any service you use online. Even when you give away little to no information, you’d be surprised at what a smart criminal can do with next to nothing. Always make sure your password is solid. Practically any password can be decoded given enough time, but time is not something hackers always care to spend.
If you have any accounts protected with passwords like “password123” or something similar, to something with no dictionary words and a lot of random numbers and symbols.
Using the legal route to download music online, giving out as little information as possible and using strong passwords are enough common-sense tactics that should keep you out of harm’s way most of the time but none of them is fully secure.
To make sure that you’re truly untouchable on the Internet, you’re going to need to get a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. A VPN allows you to access the internet from a random IP address, making it impossible for hackers to locate you and remotely access your computer.
A VPN can also mask your location, allowing you to bypass country restrictions so you can remain anonymous and access regionally restricted content. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’re practically invisible to cyber criminals. Becoming anonymous online with the help of a VPN is the safest way to surf the web in my opinion.
Security is a learned behaviour and any music lover who follows this advice is guaranteed to be safe from hacking and other nastiness. Do you have any additional recommendations as to how to stay safe while satisfying your musical cravings? Have you had any difficulties in the past?
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Written by Ikenna Ifenna Gabriel
Written by Ikenna Ifenna Gabriel