Staying secure online is not an easy task. If you really want to protect your computer and have better online security, you have to at least create unique passwords for every web site or service you use, use two-factor authentication on every site that has the option for it, and then encrypt all your files and e-mails.
Following are 4 myths of online security:
Firewalls and antivirus software are enough for protecting my assets. Fact: Any antivirus software must be updated regularly to have the latest security measures. If a software isn’t updated it only help protect your computer against known issues, not the new ones.
There is anything worth stealing from my computer. Fact: Anyone who owns a computer has sensible data stored on it, like credit card information, bank accounts, email passwords, etc. All this can lead to hackers obtaining information to gain access to your financial accounts or other important information.
There are so many web surfers on the internet that they will never get to me. Fact: hackers use automated systems to get new unsecured PCs. So if you just bought a new PC and connect to the internet without any security measures you can get hacked in minutes.
To be safe I deleted all my sensitive information from my computer. Fact: Files recently deleted from your computer can still be stored sin your hard drive. Hackers use tools to recover this information from your hard drive and can still affect you.
Here we bring you 5 good practices to be safer online:
- Update your system regularly. The most common attack from hackers is to old software installed on your computer because they had enough time to find a way to get into that software. As an example, out of date PDF or Java are heavily targeted by hackers. The best practice is to have all the software on your computer with the latest updates.
- Get a decent password. It is common that people use basic password to protect from their email addresses to their more important bank account passwords. To be safe use long passwords of at least 8 characters that include letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use the same password on everything because that just makes it easy for hackers.
- Be suspicious from everyone online. Most of the attacks from hackers come through your email inbox with false claims saying you won an iPod, iPad or anything. Read every email from unknown sources before you send sensitive data to avid being scammed.
- Make sure to have basic security controls. Use antivirus software and firewall to avoid hacker attacks. Be sure your antivirus software is always up to date.
- Make sure to protect your other devices other than just your PC. Use the previous good practices on your other devices, such as mobile phone and tablet. Hacker can obtain your sensitive data from any device you use to access the internet.
I hope this basic practices convince you how easy it is to be safer online and that you use them if you aren’t already using any of them.