12 Jan

Cyber Security Tips for Online Safety

    Most people do not deem cyber security important, and some unfortunate souls even end up losing all their sensitive information due to negligence. With the growing hacking trends, it is crucial for people to understand how important cyber security is because you can lose sensitive information if you do not take safety precautions.

    Here are ten tips to get started with

    1. Do not delude yourself into thinking that you can never be targeted. Hackers do not spare anyone. Do not tell yourself that you are safe. Understand that you can be targeted by hackers.Always keep strong passwords. Good password management is a great way to be secure online. Do not make the mistake of using the same password for several different websites.
    2. Always try to use a password that is a strong combination of different types of characters. Do not make the mistake of sharing your passwords with others and do not write your passwords on post-its or note cards and definitely not with your username.
    3. Leaving your device unattended can cause you a lot of harm. Log out or lock your computer if you are not going to use it for some time. Same goes for the phones and tablets. If you store sensitive data on your flash drive or an external hard drive, make sure you put a password on it as well. Do not tell yourself that it does not matter because you are going to be gone for a few minutes. Those few minutes can endanger your data security.
    4. Hackers tend to send people spam mail. Do not click on attachments if you do not know who the sender of the email is. Same goes for the links in unidentified emails. Always check the spelling of the URL, it might be similar to one that is safe but it might be misspelled just to fool you.
    5. Do not use a public wifi, a public computer or even your friend’s phone when you are going to share sensitive information over the internet, especially if it is for online shopping or banking. Always use your own secured device and internet for such purposes because it is possible that someone might steal or copy your sensitive information through public wifi networks or computers.
    6. Backing up your data is a really good idea since you do not know when your drive might crash or when you might end up losing data.
    7. Always install and a good antivirus and make sure that it is up to date. If they are any updates, do try to install them as soon as possible.
    8. Infected external hard drives, flash drives, phones and tablets can send malware to your system. When using such a device always scan it with an antivirus and an anti malware or better yet, do not plug them in to your computer.
    9. Do not share everything on social media. Hackers keep an eye on sensitive information and can gain access to your pictures and videos easily by befriending you. Trying to be watchful as well as careful on the social media will make your information more secure.
    10. Beware of spam calls. Even when you are offline, do not share sensitive information on calls to people because they might be just manipulating you. These people can easily make you believe that they are from a company that you are associated with somehow and they need your information for official reasons. Do not get fooled.
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