Cybersecurity should be a top priority for anyone who has ever been on the internet and who doesn’t want to deal with online threats.
These threats come in all shapes and forms: stolen data, phishing attacks, indentity theft, lost money. Most of the times, they can be avoided by using the internet in a safe, responsible manner.
If you want to remain safe online, use these simple tips and tricks:
Make sure you have an antivirus software installed on your device
This might be a no-brainer, but having an antivirus software on your device is a must. While it will not protect you against every possible threat, it will detect and remove most malware, as long as you keep it updated.
Choose strong passwords – and change them every once in a while
Password can make or break cybersecurity. If you go for easy stuff, like “password1234”, then you will only make the job of a hacker easier. A strong password should have at least 15 characters, mixing letters, numbers and symbols together. Furthermore, you should not use the same password for every account and it would be wise to change your password every once in a while.
Always choose to implement a 2-step verification whenever it is possible
Not all websites and apps offer you the possibility to do a 2-step verification when you log in – but if they do, don’t miss it. By using it, you willl protect your account with both your password and your phone. Besides, you will be aware if someone is trying to hack into your account.
Do not share personal information
Way too many people tend to over-share information about themselves on the internet. Stuff like where you live, where you work and what your phone number is can come back to haunt you if you share them online. If you want to keep your cybersecurty levels high, keep those details to yourself.
Avoid shady Wi-Fi networks if you care about cybersecurity
Whenever you encounter a free public Wi-Fi network, you expose yourself to hackers. These public Wi-Fi hotspots make it very easy for hackers to access your device. To avoid this, it is best to stay clear of these networks altogether. When that is not possible, use a VPN, as Kaspersky advises..
Beware of what you download
If you encounter apps or files from an unreliable source, do not download them. You risk downloading a malware-carrying file without even knowing. Only download from trustworthy sources.
Ignore and delete spam messages
Tons of scams start after one unlucky person receives a spam message. Spam messages usually require personal information from you – it is best to ignore those messages and delete them altogether.
Only purchase from reputable online sellers
If you’re a fan of online shopping, you might be a bit weary of the risks that come with this activity. As long as you stick to reputable sites, that offer secure connections, you should be good. Usually, these websites’ URLs start with ‘https:’ instead of ‘http:’, according to Boston University.