According to an FBI report, cybercrime caused $4.1 billion in damage in 2020, an increase of 17% compared to 2019.
Hari Ravichandran, CEO and Founder of Aura, a leading digital security company, said cybercriminals are no longer the lone hackers behind a computer, they now expand as a “criminal enterprise” that steals users’ personal and financial information, causing great insecurity.
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The good news is that you don’t need to be a security expert to need a degree in computer science to protect your data and devices, with just a few simple steps you can do it .
Use strong and unique passwords
The first “line of defense” is to have a strong password for all accounts, which should be at least seven characters long and incorporate upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid passwords that are easy to guess, like “123456789” or “password,” or those that include the names of a relative, pet, or date of birth.
Note, never use the same password for all your online activities, because if one website or application is compromised, the crooks will gain access to all your online accounts. remaining line.
If possible, choose multi-factor authentication (MFA), where in addition to asking for a password, a code will be sent to your mobile device, to verify your identity again. In other words, multi-factor authentication combines something you know (password) with something you have (phone).
You can use reputable password managers like 1Password, Dashlane, Roboform, and LastPass.
Ensure a secure connection when shopping online
Reputable websites use secure gateway layer (SSL) technologies to encrypt data in transit. Secured websites will show a padlock in the left corner of your browser or an address that starts with “https” instead of “http”.
Limit shopping through free public Wi-Fi hotspots, as it can put your credit card information and passwords at risk. Instead, use cellular service on your smartphone or wait until you get home and use a private wireless network.
Shop only on sites that use secure payment methods, such as credit cards and PayPal because it has buyer protection policies, and you won’t be responsible for any fraudulent charges. which cheat. Check your monthly transactions carefully and report anything suspicious immediately.
You should use the store’s app instead of a web browser, if it’s offered, as it’s generally more secure. If possible, use a gift card instead of a credit card, to shop without providing any financial information.
Companies periodically find vulnerabilities in their software and release updates or “patches” to fix them. So make sure to set up automatic updates on all your technology, including your operating system, web browser, apps, and other software. For software that does not allow automatic updates, check regularly.
On another note, make sure to use reliable cybersecurity software to fight malware. Updated annually, good cybersecurity software can identify, isolate, remove, and report any suspicious activity. It will automatically update with protection against the latest threats.
A cybersecurity platform should be simple and easy to use, as not everyone has to be a tech expert, thereby helping users avoid identity theft and financial loss online.
Using a virtual private network (VPN) is also a good idea as it hides your online address from predators.
Back up all information
It doesn’t matter in what form you want to back up your files, to an external hard drive, SSD, USB flash drive, or through cloud services, regular backup of important documents and photos is one way. good defense in case of being attacked by cybercriminals.
No one thinks they will be hacked, so we should be proactive before it happens.
The software only has a supporting role in protecting the data, the rest comes from the user’s own vigilance.
Always be on the lookout for scams in the form of email and text authentication. These phishing attempts are meant to “trick” you into providing personal or financial information, which can then be used for identity theft.
In other words, never tap or click on an email, text message, or pop-up message from a company that asks you to urgently confirm personal information, even if it seems legitimate because it may be bogus information.
A trusted bank, financial institution, or online payment service will never ask for sensitive information via email or text message. When in doubt, contact the company by visiting the actual company’s website to find a phone number or email address instead of the contact details inside an incoming email or text.
Similarly, if someone calls you and says they’re from Microsoft or an IT department and they found a problem with your device and so you have to follow the instructions to fix it, that Also a scam, hang up the phone right away. Many crooks will even claim control of your computer to “help” you.
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