If you use the internet and haven’t protected yourself from cyberthreats, it is time you started exercising some basic precautions. Read this article from Barclay Simpson.
Here are eight tips on how to protect yourself against the different forms of cyberthreats present today.
1. Use a comprehensive internet security suite
Norton Security, for instance, provides reliable real-time protection against emerging and existing malware, including viruses and ransomware, and helps protect your financial and private information any time you are online.
2. Use strong passwords
Do not use the same password on different sites. Also, make sure you change the passwords you use on the websites you frequent regularly. When creating new passwords, make sure they are complicated (avoid using common combinations that anyone can guess.) Use a combination of no less than ten letters, symbols, and numbers. If you find it hard to create new passwords, password management applications can be of great help when it comes to generating and storing secure passwords.
3. Keep your software up-to-date
This is essential, especially when it comes to your internet security software and operating systems. Cybercriminals often use known flaws or exploits in your software to break into your system. Patching the flaws and exploits in your systems and software will make it harder for you to become a target.
4. Manage all of your social media settings
Secure all of your private and personal information on social media. Cybercriminals generally use the information users provide on their social accounts to gain access to their personal information. As such, the lesser your share publicly on social media, the better. For example, if you reveal your mother’s maiden name, or post your pet’s name, you might expose answers to two of the most common-used security questions.
5. Strengthen your Wi-Fi security
When using public Wi-Fi, it is good that you start by using a strong, encrypted password as well as a VPN (a virtual private network). VPNs encrypt all the traffic leaving your device until it reaches its destination. If a cybercriminal manages to hack into your communication line, all they will intercept is encrypted data. Make sure you use a virtual private network any time you are on a public Wi-Fi network, whether it is in an airport, hotel, café, or library.
6. Educate your children about internet use and cybersecurity
Teach your children about good internet use without cutting off their communication channels. As a parent, make sure that they know that they can always come to you if they are experiencing any cyberbullying, harassment, or online stalking.
7. Stay up-to-date on all major security breaches
If you do business with online retailers or have accounts on websites that have been impacted by a breach of security, find out what info the cybercriminals accessed or tried to access and change your password ASAP! All of this will lower your reputational risk.
8. Take measures that will help protect you from personal information theft
Theft of personal information is when a person obtains your personal data wrongfully through deception or fraud, often for economic gain. In most cases, victims are tricked into giving over their personal information over the internet by tech-savvy fraudsters. Another way your personal information can be stolen is through a cybercriminal stealing your post to access account information that’s been mailed to you. This is why you need to guard your personal information and data. A virtual private network can also help protect the data you receive and send online, especially if you frequently access the internet on public Wi-Fis.