How to Protect Yourself Online

Oct 17, 2016 3:26:49 PM

Cyber security attacks come in all sizes ranging from global (Cyberterrorism) to industrial (ransomware) to the individual (hacks on personal information).

On the individual level, personal information is getting harder and harder to protect online as the complexity of cyber security attacks continues to grow. Several of our online activities can affect our private information since many people are open to giving their personal data online. As a result, we are more susceptible to cyber security attacks. It’s important to follow best practices when it comes to keeping your personal information private and secure. There are several simple strategies one can implement to secure their information and combat a possible cyber security attack.

  1. Build a secure foundation.

-Create strong and unique passwords for every account you have and changing them periodically. Do not use the same password for all of your accounts.

-Install antivirus protection on every device you own. Antivirus software is not just for your laptop or desktop computer; it should be installed on your tablet and mobile devices as well.

-Never giving personal or banking information away online to unknown senders or websites that ask for it. Also never click on suspicious links on a website or in an email, and don’t reply to unknown messages.

  1. Maintain security.

-Limit your use of public Wi-Fi networks. Personal, banking and online information should not be given over a public or unknown internet connection.

-Pay attention to the security (or lack thereof) on a website when entering personal information. You want to make sure a website has “https://” or a padlock icon next to the address bar of your internet browser before entering personal or banking information. This ensures that communication between the website and your device is secure.

-Add security measures like two factor authentication or security questions/images to your accounts. The extra layer of protection makes it harder for hackers to get into your personal information.

  1. Stay aware.

-Use private browsing mode when surfing the internet.

-Limit personal information and public access on social media sites.

-Have alerts set up for your bank accounts to prevent information hacks and implement a quick response plan if one occurs.

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