The security of your devices and the data held in them should be of high priority to you. The same case applies to businesses that use the internet to do almost all of their activities such as tracking their financials, conducting marketing campaigns, connecting with customers, and performing critical operations.
The overuse and overreliance on the internet by businesses and individuals to accomplish most of their tasks makes them prone to attacks by hackers and vulnerable to a variety of cybercrime. Let’s consider some tips that will help protect you as well as your business from hacking.
Tip 1: Ignore Spam emails
Most attacks are usually a result of individuals and employees clicking on spam mails sent to them which are of a sophisticated nature that mimic trusted and known organizations. It is always advisable to never open any spam messages or open attachments that are accompanying them.
Tip 2: Use complex passwords
Passwords ensure that unauthorized access to devices is limited. This means people pretending to be you will not be able to infiltrate your device easily. In this modern era of technology, however, hackers have become much more clever and use advanced mechanisms to bypass password protection such as using dictionary attacks to break into a password-protected device or network. You will be amazed that most passwords used today such as 123456 or abcd1234 are found in most password dictionaries. So why not try to be unique? Do not use recognizable, common words or combinations. Ensure also that you do not reuse passwords on different devices and accounts. Use a password that is at least 8 characters long and has a combination of numbers, alphanumeric symbols, uppercase, and lowercase letters.
Tip 3: Install a Trusted Antivirus Software and firewall
Virus attacks are easily spread from one device to another. Such viruses may attack and destroy your vital data. It is always important to install top-rated antivirus applications as well as software to ensure that you protect your devices from threats on the internet. Antivirus software assists in protecting the system by detecting real-time threats to ensure that your data is safe. It is advisable to run regular virus scans to keep your devices as well as network virus-free. Firewalls are usually built-in on most operating systems such as Windows and macOS. This firewall plays the same role as the antivirus software installed on your smartphone. It prevents unauthorized access to your network and alerts you on intrusions.
Tip 4: Incorporate Two-factor authentication
The two-step authentication way of protecting your online accounts and data from unauthorized access. A two-factor authentication lets you use a normal password to log in and use a special code sent to your email or phone number to enter as well. This is the most reliable way of protecting your social media accounts, crypto wallets, email accounts, and other online accounts.
Here is more tips you should take to ensure you remain safe online.
- Always avoid using unsecured public WIFI.
- Ensure you delete regularly your browsing history, cookies, and cache.
- Protect your credit card and pin data by not inputting your credit card info online.
- Avoid unprotected sites. Most browsers will let you know if a site is not protected.
- Never leave your devices in public unattended.