Quit Clicking On Everything You See Online
Not everything you see online, and especially emails, is as legit as it seems. Hackers can trick you into clicking a malicious link that could infect your computer with malware. You might want to inspect the links and source of the email before clicking on it. While some links may be legit, most of these may be from someone looking to steal your personal and private data.
Avoid Sharing Personal Devices
Sharing your device, especially a smartphone, tablet, iPad, or laptop, may put your valuable information at risk.
If you have to, then avoid accessing confidential information with it. Don’t grant anyone remote access to your computer too.
Never Leave Your Device Unattended
Make it a habit to have all your mobile devices, especially laptops and smartphones, protected. This means securing them with a password as well as keeping them away from everyone’s reach. Never write your passwords down on a sticky-pad or notes, or even store them in a flash drive.
Be Aware Of Your Digital Footprint
Your digital footprint can be used to track down your movements and habits, which again puts your data at risk. That said, it would be best to keep an account of all the online profiles you might have. This includes social media accounts, forums, and any platforms you no longer use. You also need to have an idea of what information is available on all accounts. Delete any accounts that don’t seem relevant at that moment, then secure the others with a strong password. Remember to change the passwords as regularly as you can.
Enable Automatic Updates On Your Devices
Developers release security patches and updates every once in a while, to help keep their software safe and secure. Enabling automatic updates on all your devices means you get to catch them as soon as they are released. This will go a long way in keeping your device and activity on it safe and secure. These updates are also meant to protect your computer, for example, from the most common virus and malware risks.
Avoid An Unsecured Connection At All Costs
While almost every other cybersecurity expert has weighed in on this, many of us can’t resist the urge to connect to an unsecured connection, e.g., public Wi-Fi. Doing so only makes it possible for a potential hacker to eavesdrop on your communication, if not take control of your device. You are thus better off connecting on private networks. Barclay Simpson discuss the potential of the next big cyber attack. Consider using a VPN if you have to use a shared unsecured connection.
Keep Your Mobile Device Secure
Leaving your phone’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth makes it vulnerable to hackers as well. This is why cybersecurity experts recommend turning our phone’s Bluetooth off as soon as you are done using it. Don’t download files from unknown or unverified sources nor connect to public Wi-Fi.
Beware Of Social Engineering
If hackers can’t find a way to manipulate your devices, he/she will try to attack your mind instead. They do so by playing around with your personal information available on social media publicly to dupe you into doing what they want. Experts call this technique, social engineering. It would thus be advisable to familiarize yourself with this.