With the rise of ransom-ware, malware and other online evils, these simple steps will raise your online defences to maximum.
All too often we turn out to be our own worst enemy - cutting corners, clicking suspect dodgy links and downloading untrustworthy material, we are honestly bring it on ourselves. So here are a few good habits that will help prevent you from falling prey to today's cyber-villains;
6 tips for staying safe and secure online
- Mum's the word:
Good strong passwords. We're all too familiar with the concept, but the truth is it can't be understated and a couple of tweaks can turn an easy password into a tough nut to crack. Try adding a numeric characters into a favourite phase (like turning DangerZone into d@ng3rz0n3).
- Never too much:
Two-step verification is fast becoming the new standard for security, and that's a good thing. With a simple tap on your phone or 'yes' on your email you can ensure it's really you. Also, always use a VPN when in public places - it encrypts all incoming and outgoing data.
- Locked up tight:
Many people use the same password or a slight variation on it for multiple accounts, meaning one breach can leave all your accounts open. Try using a secure password manager (such as LastPass) to create unique passwords for each account - and keep track of them.
- Good ahead, make my day:
Those with nothing to lose have nothing to steal. Ransom-ware is one of the most prevalent and profitable forms of cyber-crime out there right now, but it can be circumvented very easily - with backups. Ransom-ware works by holding your valuable data to ransom, but if your files are securely backed up they don't have a lot of value to a hacker.
- Click in haste, repent in leisure:
Lots of malware requires users to open files or follow links, so users should always take care what they click on - if a link or file looks suspect, it probably is.
- In this season:
And finally, perhaps the most obvious - keep your software up-to-date. Software providers are continually patching new bugs in their systems as they appear, but these fixes can only help if you let them in.
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