The internet is a wonderful piece of modern life that gives access to a huge amount of information and a crazy number of benefits. For example, you can use the likes of Wikipedia to learn more about the world, or save yourself the time of going to the local betting shop by using sites like BettingTop 10. Thanks to the internet, we are able to save time and money on pretty much any of our favourite pastimes.

However, it has also led to the creation (or rather the widespread resurgence) of bad habits throughout every part of the internet. Whether it is on Social Media, forums or other websites, bad habits run rampant. So what are these bad habits and how can you deal with them? Let’s take a look.

Bad Social Media Etiquette

Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the digital room, shall we? Social Media has made life so much more connected and interactive between people. You can become friends with other people who live in entirely different countries with such ease now. However, the rise of Social Media also gave rise to “trolling”.

After all, it’s very easy to throw common decency and etiquette out of the window when you are hidden behind a random username and a screen. It’s just typical human behaviour, unfortunately – if you can get away with it, you’ll do it. But that doesn’t mean that you should.

Instead, try to think about the fact that the person you are trolling is just that – a real person. Imagine how you would act and feel if you were on the receiving end. Would you be able to handle it? Depending on the extent of the trolling, you probably wouldn’t be able to. So why do it to others? As the saying goes; “do unto others as you would have them do onto you”.

This should be practised both in “real life” and your digital life.

Using The Same Password For Everything

With the social aspect out of the way, let’s look at the most personal, individual bad habits that people tend to pick up from using the internet. The first of these would have to be using the same password for every website, email account and Social Network that you sign up for.

This, of course, makes it far easier to remember your password as you only need to remember one. However, it also means that you are putting all of your accounts at risk.

All a “hacker” or scammer needs to do is get hold of your password for one site and they’ll have it for everything you have ever signed up for. And believe it or not, not every site is secure. Not even the biggest names in the business of the internet can be 100% certain that a data breach won’t ever happen.

So make sure that you have a different yet also strong and secure password for every website. Oh! And don’t write your passwords down anywhere either. If you have trouble remembering them all, then you could use LastPass to hold them and then create a highly secure password for your LastPass account. That way, you only have to remember your LastPass password instead.

Illegally Downloading Content

The next most common bad habit of the internet comes in the form of illegally downloading content such as music, movies or games. This also covering streaming such content from websites. However, even if you don’t do that, you might be illegally downloading and reusing content without realising it.

For example, if you are running a blog and take photos or imagery from a Google Images search, it might actually be copyrighted content! To avoid doing this, you need to use the Search Tools options menu and select “labelled for reuse”. This way, any images you find have already been approved for you to use.

The option you have is to use Royalty Free stock images. Most of these will require payment of some kind, but sites like Pexels offer free stock photos for you to use to your heart’s content.

And That’s All Folks

Those were some of the most common bad habits when it comes to using the internet. Naturally, there are tonnes more than I could have mentioned, but it was important to cover the ones that most people either do themselves or encounter from others.

What bad habits do you have when it comes to the internet? Let me know in the comments below!

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