As the world grows more complex and connected, our valuable information is increasingly exposed to many people around the world.
Here are a few useful tips that will help prevent you from falling prey to today’s cyber-villains:
The first thing you’d need is a good, strong password because a few tweaks can turn an easy password into a tough nut to crack. Try adding a few numeric characters into a favorite phrase (like turning DangerZone into d@ng3rz0n3).
Two-step verification is fast and becoming the new standard for security, and that’s a good thing. With a simple tap on your phone or ‘yes’ click on your email you can ensure it is really you. Also, always use a VPN when in public places it encrypts all incoming and outgoing data.
Many people use the same password or a slight variation for multiple accounts, meaning that one breach can leave all of your accounts open. Using a secure password manager to create unique passwords for each account and keep track of them.
Ransomware is one of the most prevalent and profitable forms of cybercrime out right now. It can be circumvented very easily–with backups. Ransomware works by holding valuable data such as employee and client information for ransom by hackers, but if your files are securely backed up they don’t have a lot of value to a hacker.
Lots of malware requires users to open files or follow links. So users should always be certain of what they click on if a link or file looks suspicious, it probably is.
Finally, and perhaps the most obvious is to keep your software up to date. Software providers are continually patching new bugs in their systems as they appear. But these repairs can only help if you stay on top of updates.