Cyber Security became an important part now-a-days when we share our personal,financial data over internet on daily basis. Someone said precaution is better than cure. So we have listed 10 important cyber security tips for you. Most of the web-services are secure and no one can breach that security layer. It’s nearly impossible to get into someone’s Facebook or Gmail account. That’s why hackers are always looking for security loop holes to gain access to your accounts.
1. Humans are easy targets for hackers.
If you are reading this, probably you are a human being. Never ever think that you can’t be targeted by hackers. And why would someone target me.
2. Eight characters are not enough to protect you in 2018.
Good password can give you good protection. Use a strong mix of characters and don’t repeat the same for every site on the web. Most of the times people get attacked because of obvious and weak passwords. If you are using a less secure app or website, then you are an easy target for Brute Force attacks.
3. Lock when you leave to prevent unauthorized access.
Have you ever left your safe doors open for someone? Leaving your device unattended is one and the same thing. Your personal data, which might be not so personal can be useful for someone else. Be it a phone, computer or a tablet make sure you lock your device when you leave for even short duration of time. If you have a good habit of keeping a backup of your sensitive data on USB drives, then you should encrypt them as well.
4. Practice Safe Clicking.
Huge Download Now buttons are made to appeal you to click them. Don’t fall for them, they are too big to be true. Always be careful when clicking attachments links or emails. Now a days Google Chrome awares you when you are about to visit a spammy link, just follow that. If you find a link having spelling mistakes or anything suspicious, then don’t click that.
5. Always go for safe browsing.
Don’t use someone else’s device for banking, shopping or counting the likes for your last Facebook post. Avoid public WiFi networks, as they can result in data theft. Drinking 2 liters water a day and using Incognito browsing both are good for your health. Make it a habit, open an incognito / private browser window before you start working on someone else’s device. As once you close a private window, it leaves no traces behind, not 100% secure, but it might save you from fishy browser plugins and leaving a logged in session.
6. Back Up.
If you have some important data other than songs, movies, softwares then we suggest you to take backup of your data regularly. Popular services like Google Drive, One Drive and Drop Box provide around 15-20 gb of cloud storage for free. So just take benefit of such platforms.
7. Physical Cyber Security.
You are smart enough that you won’t plug a banana into the USB port of your computer. But you are not smart enough to detect a malware by just watching an infected external hard drive, pendrive, SD card or a smartphone. Keep your antivirus software active and updated to avoid malware attacks. If you are using a Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system on your computer, then you can rely upon windows defender and there’s no need to purchase any additional antivirus software.
8. Don’t share everything everywhere.
Keep a track on how sensitive data you are revealing on social networks. Your photos can be misused easily. While you are being social, you are sharing where you go to school, your workplace, where you go for vacations. You can be easily tracked by such traces. Avoid accepting friend requests from unknowns and make sure you use the privacy options provided by the social networking sites.
9. Don’t provide your contact or any personal details to a middle man.
If someone calls or emails you and asks for your sensitive information avoid that or clearly say NO. Even if he’s telling you that you’ve nominated for United States presidential election your answer should be a big NO.
10. Keep reviewing your accounts.
Be sure to monitor your social accounts for any suspicious activity. If you see anything unfamiliar, it’s possible that the other guy has gained access to your account. To avoid that you are suggested to follow the above 9 points and keep changing your password monthly, it will logout you from all other active sessions.
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There’s always more to learn about your security and privacy. We’ll bring some more tips, tricks and facts about cyber security in our future posts. Stay tuned and cheers if you’ve read every single text above, I’ve read that too.
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