As most of you know I have had a love hate relationship with my weight and it would be nice to say I had some love for the internet when it comes to weight loss but I can’t.
During my battle to loose some lard I have to admit that not only have I looked at starting some very dubious diet options much to the internets insistence that it’s the next big thing … yes I am talking about those faddy juice plus, raspberry capsules and the forever living style aloe detox’s diets.
I have to be honest and say those dubious diets have all been on my radar in the past as with 5 stones to lose and looking for a quick fix to melt away the flab yet I know in my heart of hearts a balanced diet and moving more is the only sure-fire way to loose weight safely.
While searching online I have to say pop ups are my worse nightmare, I hate pop ups on a normal site, yet if you search weight loss you get a stream of those spammy “take one pill to shed the weight” links and announcements – what a crock. Yet so many people who already feel insecure about themselves like me are susceptible to cyber spam and phishing links.
If there was a magic pill to slim away your flab then the NHS would be handing it out by the bucket full as the cost of treating weight related health issues is astronomic and magic pills could save them a fortune.
A recent survey conducted by Intel Security showed that “57% of the people in the UK between the age 21 and 54 have ever clicked on a promotional link (e.g. advert/advertisement) that offers a diet program/product/tips” with promotional links that people are most likely to click on are being “Lose belly fat – 34% and Clean eating – 31%”and I can see why as desperation sets in to shift some weight anything that is going to make the epic journey easier is a consideration for many … I have been there and its scary but honestly not as scary as putting something inside you that you have no real idea what it is.
So in light of these spammy sites with the help of Intel Security here are some top tips to staying safe on-line:
– Careful where you click – no one ever really looses a stone a week and so sites that make wild claims should be avoided or at least apply caution while you view and you should certainly never ever give your bank details or personal details.
– Surf safely – Beware of phishing links, if you don’t know what a phishing link is this article from McAfee covers what a phishing link is HERE. You also need to watch out for spammy phoney sites that can be read as a legitimate site but spelt incorrectly, they may have poor grammar or blurry images … check the link at the top to make sure it’s not an imposter site.
– Making sure you use safe software – Using a web reputation tool such as McAfee WebAdvisor that can help identify risky sites and inform you that you may be about to visit one can be really helpful to ensure you stay safe.
– Passwords – get creative, after all the scammers and spammers don’t want to put too much effort in and ‘password’ is not really going to cut the mustard make sure you add in lots of random numbers, letters and some symbols too!
– Make sure you update your software – If your software is out of date it can leave your computer open to all sorts of issues.
– Use protection software – To ensure it guides you away from anything ropey and to help keep malware and cyber attacks away from your machine.
Don’t forget if you are just starting out on a weight loss journey you must seek advice from a medical practitioner and let me know how you are getting on, my weight loss update will be live next week!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with McAfee.