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We’ve all been there. We’ve over indulged, our clothes are getting a little snug and the summer is in sight. With a wardrobe full of neglected strappy tops and shorts, we decide we need to do something about it. So you want to lose weight, what do you do about it? Do you ask your friends for their advice? Maybe they’ve recently lost some weight and you want their tips or do you decide to do a bit of research yourself first and look online?
Unsurprisingly, if you nodded in agreement that you would look online for diet tips, you’re not alone. According to the latest research from Intel Security, 57% of woman in the UK have clicked on an online weight loss advert (a promotional link) claiming to offer a diet program, diet tips and products that will help you lose weight. The advert asks for your email address and along with 58% of the people asked, they too would readily type in their details. It’s so easy to misjudge how legitimate a website is, even the spam websites look professional.
I’ve seen it before, an advert that will offer you a quick fix, usually with before and after images showing possible weight loss results and before you know it, you’ve click on the advert taking you to an unsafe website that wants to download something nasty onto your computer. With summer just around the corner, here’s five ways to safely search online for diet tips.
1. Browse online safely
Many spam websites will try to replicate popular diet plans with poor misspelt names such as Wait Watchers or Slimmers World. Always keep an eye out for websites with bad grammar, misspellings and low-resolution images. Using a web reputation tool such as McAfee Webadvisor to help identify dodgy websites that will advise you against visiting them.
2. Click with caution
If you’ve seen the adverts promoting that you can “Lose belly fat in ten days” chances are, that clicking the advert will take you to a phishing website claiming to send you the details if you enter your details. Victims of phishing give out personal information which can lead to cyber criminals taking advantage of their misfortune.
3. Stay up to date
Staying up to date with security software on your computer will prevent security lapses. Always use your computers latest operating system and regularly update your system allowing for security patches to be updated on an ongoing basis. Running routine security scans of your computer will also prevent any loop holes that malware can often penetrate.
4. Use strong passwords
Regularly change your password and use strong passwords which combine a number of random characters such as “eR75jnf8a&U.” You may want to consider using a password manager if you struggle to remember them.
5. Use a comprehensive security solution
When browsing online, it’s essential to protect your computer with a comprehensive security solution, such as McAfee LiveSafe. These solutions will help prevent your computer being subjected to accidental malware downloads and other cyber attacks.
Have you fallen foul of clicking a ‘too good to be true’ weight loss advert? Have you got any tips to add to stay safe online when looking for diet tips?