How to Make Yourself Cyber-Safety
by John Peterson
Cybercrime is becoming more rampant as the years go by, so it is more of a threat. This is the reason why everyone using the internet has to make sure that they are cyber safe. It’s easy to think that cybercrime only has to do with hackers trying to get your financial details. The truth is, there’s a lot more to cybercrime than this, that it makes these financial ones appear necessary. There is always a new threat every year as cyber threats continue to evolve.
This is why you must ensure your cyber safety by protecting your data and yourself online. We are becoming very dependent on technology. And while that is a good thing, on the one hand, one of the vices that come with it is exposure to cybercrime and cybercriminals. Again, we must develop better defenses and make ourselves more cyber safe. How do you do this?
- Be careful about the links that you click on and the attachments that you open
Many internet users make one mistake by clicking on links or opening attachments without doing their checks about it. The email might appear like it’s from a known person, but you have to be careful with opening attachments to emails. You do not have to reply to the email or open the attachments because it’s possible that it’s not the person that you know or their identities have been compromised.
- Verify all private information requests
There are times that you will get requests from websites or some service providers for your private information. You have to be careful about releasing your personal information. The first thing to do is to verify the identity of whichever, whoever, or whatever the requester of your detail is. Never give out your personal information if you aren’t absolutely sure of who the request is, even if it looks like you know them. People’s online identities can be compromised, and you could end up sending your information to con artists that can end up scamming you. These hackers/scammers are smart, and they can steal identities to get the information that they need. It’s also essential that you regularly check your credit reports and financial statements even if nothing feels wrong, and you feel you’re safe online.
- Protect your passwords
Your password is personal to you and should not be revealed to anybody under any circumstances. It is also crucial that you make your password unique, strong, and long. It will help if you also use the multi-factor authentication on every platform that you possibly can. Some other password tips that you can use to protect yourself online are:
- Don’t use the same passwords for home and work.
- Make sure to use different passwords for all your accounts online.
- Make sure that websites and apps don’t remember your passwords.
- Protect your properties
Whenever you are in a public place, you have to be extra careful of your belongings. If you are not going to be taking your stuff with you, make sure that your things are locked up properly, even if you will be away for just a few seconds. Also, when you are working or at work, make sure that your area is secure and always endeavor to lock your computer screen before you leave your desk. Never leave your phone behind, take them with you at all times.
- Always update your browser, devices, and apps
As simple as it sounds, updating your software is also essential for ensuring your cybersecurity. So, it might be a good idea to automate your software updates. You might also want to ensure that you restart your devices periodically to ensure that all the updates to the apps and software are installed fully.
- Back up important files
You can’t have all your essential files in just one place without any backup plan literally. You need to back up every document and file that is important to you, and you don’t want to lose. Have a physically separate location where you store your backups that is different from where the originals are. You should also check and test your backups periodically to ensure that they are still working. Your personal files can be stores in a separate drive and kept in a secure location while you can use other storage options for critical work files. Cloud is always a good option to back up any type of file, especially the most important ones.
- Delete sensitive information that you no longer use or need
Keeping sensitive files or information on your device or computer when you no longer need or use them can compromise your cybersecurity. You must delete them entirely as soon as you are done with them. It works the same way for physical files or records that are sensitive. They have to be destroyed as well.
About the Author
John Peterson is a journalist with 4 years’ experience in professional writing services and working in London magazine “Shop&buy.” He is a professional mini-tennis player, and he has written the novel “His heart.” You can find him on FB.