We use devices and the internet for almost everything these days; be it shopping, studying or even getting health tips from online doctors. Most especially now while we are experiencing a worldwide pandemic, most businesses have gone online. As you are caring for your health, are you caring for your personal or business data online?
Cyber Security is constantly evolving as cybercriminals are getting craftier and more sophisticated in how they manipulate and extract personal data to suit their needs. To protect and stay at the forefront of cybersecurity, you need to follow a couple of guidelines;
- Do NOT use public WI-FI
This point cannot be stressed any further as am betting you’ve heard it multiple times. Free public WIFI can be alluring but think of it as scammer lurking at a corner in Java broadcasting free WIFI only for you to connect and they are able to access your phone and all its data. As easy as that.
- Stick to your own devices
Avoid using someone else’s device to log in to your personal or work accounts. You never know their true intentions or they might be hacked and all your details come forth as well. This might be challenging to adhere to if you don’t own a computer or phone. In such a case always remember to log out once you’re done and never save passwords on the device.
- Manage your passwords
Almost all websites when you’re just about to sign up, they normally request for a password and highlight what the password should entail. A strong password makes it harder for a hacker or scammer to guess their way into your personal accounts. It is also advisable to not use the same password for everything, change it regularly and avoid sharing it with people.
- Install updates regularly
There is a reason why your computer or phone is occasionally requesting to run an update. Updates are the software company’s way of fixing security holes or patches once a security flaw is discovered. It is essential to run updates on servers, PC, laptops and mobile devices as soon as they pop up.
- Do not click without thinking
You may have an experience of clicking on an ad or a pop-up and it opens up to a completely different website or sometimes it’s the beginning of endless pop-ups and ads on your notification bar. This is because you likely clicked on a scammers’ bait. Avoid opening links or ads you are not sure of as they might just be a trap.
- Report malicious websites
Google and other security sites are always looking to curb phishing or malicious sites. Reporting them would be a great way to help prevent scammers from hacking anyone else, even though you may have fallen victim to them.
- Physical security is just as important
By physical security, it means do not have your passwords or pins on sticky notes on your devices just because you are afraid to forget them. You are not just writing it down for you, but for other potential hackers. Be keen as well on who you allow to touch and access to your devices especially if you have no password. It is essential to protect yourself however possible.
These are a couple of ways you can safeguard yourself and devices from a cyber-attack but they are not the only ways. Especially if you are a business owner wanting to protect their business data. Contact us to see how our personalized solutions can protect your business.