While we have a number of different cybersecurity tools at our disposal today, a cyberattack is still a very real possibility. Every time you go online or download a document, you need to stay conscious of these threats. Here are 10 tips that can help you improve your cybersecurity.
1 Make sure your security software is updated
Having good anti-malware software is important for your online security. This software not only scans your computer for malware, but it also helps you avoid harmful websites through its browser extensions. Update your software regularly or turn on the automatic update option, and use browsers that frequently update themselves. Similarly, if your operating system has a new update available, install that as soon as possible.
2 Educate others about their collective responsibility
If you are on a network that’s also used by others (coworkers, family, friends, etc.), take the time to share the importance of network security with them. If they’re missing a security software or safety add on, guide them how they can install and maintain the software. Everyone benefits from taking security measures; securing others on the network will contribute to keeping the whole network secure.
3 Be careful who you interact with on social networks
Social media has many benefits, including the ability to meet people with similar interests from around the world. But, one drawback is that you don’t know who you are exactly talking to unless you know them personally. Adding someone to your friend’s list can allow them to access various types of information, including your location, place of work, and school. They can use this information to access more details about you. if you’ve known somebody only online, use a people search tool like Nuwber to double-check. Nuwber shows personal information and public records, along with information about associates and neighbors.
4 Identify phishing scams
Phishing scams are usually carried out through emails and text messages to steal your account information and personal information. Using this information, the scammer can access your bank account, email, etc. One of the main modes of operation of scammers is to send an email or text message that has a clickable link and a story to encourage you to click on that link. To recognize these emails and texts, check if the company sending the message is a company you have an account with currently or had in the past. Another way to protect yourself is to choose double authentication methods. The common double authentication method is to use both a password and a passcode that is sent to your phone. if you’re a victim of a phishing scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
5 Lock your device before you go
Whether you’re going for small or extended break, taking a second to lock the device can help you avoid mishaps. Besides, keeping your phone, computer or tablet unlocked is an invitation to others to look around. Similarly, if you use an external drive for your data, put a password on it as well. Instead of storing contact information inside for people to return the device in case it’s lost, use an information tag or sticker with your contact information.
6 Use strong passwords
A password is the lock to opening the door to your account ,so it makes sense that you have the strongest possible password. Use passwords that are a random collection of letters numbers and special characters. Also, update your passwords after a few months to further ensure security.
7 Backup your data
Backing up allows you to take care of security issues without worrying about losing your data. Besides offline storage, there are many online storage options available to you as well.
8 Avoid public WIFI networks
The issue with public networks is that you don’t have knowledge of who’s on the network or, in some cases, who has set up the network. For your banking and other transactions involving your payment methods and account, use a network you trust.
9 Use a VPN service
When travelling or using public networks, it’s a good idea to use a tool that can encrypt your information. A VPN masks your actual location, allowing you to use external networks without detection.
10 Be careful with your app selection
App stores have apps by a variety of developers, with some having little or no track record. Carefully research the app you want to download: find what experts and customers have to say about it.