On World Wide Web Day, know how to stay safe in 5 brief points

If you browse the web frequently, then it is imperative that you know how to stay safe online. On World Wide Web Day, here’s how you can protect your web browser against online threats.

| Updated on: Aug 01 2023, 17:55 IST
How to use Gmail without internet! Follow these steps to send email offline
1/5 With the internet becoming a necessity, it is now difficult to imagine even a single day without it. Almost all your work- from official to personal requires an internet connection. Even the apps you have on your phone require an internet connection to run including email. However, what if you are facing an internet issue and you have to send an important mail? Now, Gmail can be used to send email offline. Yes, you will not require any internet connection for the same. (Unsplash)
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2/5 You will be able to read, respond to, and search your Gmail messages even when you are not connected to the Internet by visiting mail.google.com. It can be noted that in order to make it easier to use Gmail to send email offline, it is recommended to bookmark mail.google.com in Chrome. Also if you are using Gmail with your work or school account, you can ask your admin to help change your settings. Wondering how to get Gmail offline? Check it below. (Unsplash)
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3/5 On your computer, make sure you have downloaded Chrome. You can only use Gmail offline in a Chrome browser window, not using Incognito mode. Then go to Gmail offline settings or click on the link- https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/offline. (Unsplash)
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4/5 Check "Enable offline mail." Choose your settings, such as how many days of messages you want to sync and finally click Save changes. (Unsplash)
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5/5 You can also bookmark Gmail to use offline. You can bookmark your inbox to make accessing your email offline easier. In Chrome, open your Gmail inbox and to the right of the address bar, click Star. (Unsplash)
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Protect yourself online with the help of VPNs. (Pixabay)

Since opening to the public in 1991, the World Wide Web (WWW) has become the primary tool for billions of users for professional, private, and even entertainment purposes. It was created in 1989 as a “universal linked information system” by English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. WWW has simplified the way we explore the digital world by making information accessible through web servers using browsers. While the world's information is now just a swipe or a press of a button away, it has also led to cybercrime, where hackers and threat actors target users online with impunity.

Satnam Narang, Senior Staff Research Engineer at Tenable says, “While web browsers were the de facto way of accessing the world wide web, the evolution of mobile phones has also evolved how we interact with the web, primarily through the use of apps. Now, threat actors may develop malicious apps and post them on official and unofficial app stores, which can enable them to financially benefit from their victims by signing them up for premium services or stealing sensitive information from their devices.”

On this World Wide Web Day, know how to stay safe on the internet.

1. Update browsers regularly

While most browsers offer a secure platform, hackers often find loopholes in the programming through which they can gain access to your information and execute arbitrary commands. Therefore, it is imperative to keep the web browser updated. Most browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and Microsoft Edge update themselves automatically without any user intervention required.

2. Delete unnecessary cookies

Cookies are files generated by sites that you visit and are sent to your web browser. This makes your online experience easier. However, some websites use tracker cookies that track your online browsing habits and can compromise your privacy. Therefore, you should delete unwanted cookies from your browser settings.

3. Use VPNs

Virtual Private Networks or VPNs allow users to access content that is geo-locked. By using remote servers, VPN allows users to hide their location and access the web without disclosing their search history to internet service providers. Therefore, VPNs are a good way to hide your real IP address from threat actors on the web and browse the internet securely.

4. Install extensions carefully

Nowadays, web browsers like Google Chrome offer browser extensions which are plugins that carry out tasks that the web browser wasn't originally designed to do. While extensions like Grammarly and Google Translate make day-to-day tasks easier, users should be careful while installing unverified plugins from outside the Chrome Extension Store.

5. Install antivirus software

You search for information online via your laptop or desktop and in the process you also end up clicking on links that are often not safe for your laptop as they may contain a dangerous virus. Therefore, antivirus is a crucial software that should be installed on every device. Most antivirus software now offers web protection that can keep your device secure even against threat actors on the internet.

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First Published Date: 01 Aug, 17:33 IST