The internet is becoming more and more prevalent in our lives. Everything from shopping to banking takes place online, and as our devices become smarter, they’re learning new things as well. One of the most important potential areas of growth is in cyber security, particularly since we are required by law to lock down our personal devices with passwords and parental controls. However, the path towards security doesn’t have to be difficult or confusing — this article will provide you with a concise list of the top seven tips for staying safe online and on your device!
1. Accept that your data can potentially be captured.
The internet is a series of computers communicating to and with each other, so this means that if one computer is compromised, anyone who visits that site or downloads whatever the hacker has put on it will also be affected (unless you use encryption) or hardware like the SonicWall firewalls. When you consider our devices, this is even more problematic because if your device gets hacked, you’ll potentially have all of your data stolen at once. Most hackers only hack for personal gain — but what about the people who can buy off hackers? As we all know, money talks …
2. Learn how to secure your device and apps from potential hackers.
There are several ways you can do this. First, always make sure your operating system is up-to-date and that your apps aren’t outdated – they could potentially be vulnerable to hackers. Another great way of ensuring that your device is secure from hackers is by making sure you keep an updated anti-malware program on it.
One great thing about a device with the antivirus app installed is that it will not only detect and remove any threats related to viruses or malware, but it will also provide you with daily protection against potential cyber threats!
3. Keep your operating system up to date.
Most operating systems, including Windows and Mac OS, come with built-in updates, so updating them is easy. However, some hackers may obtain your passwords and use those to change the settings to prevent you from installing a new update. To be sure that you have an updated operating system, it is best to check for updates yourself. You can also visit Apple’s website for up-to-date information about its operating system and its security software (which will include auto-update).
4. Use a password manager if you have more than one account on a single device.
Using a password manager on any device is almost essential. A password manager will store all of your passwords in one place and allow you to have access to them in one easy-to-use application. Mac users can use 1Password, while Windows users can use LastPass. You could also consider using a 2-step authentication when available. As Hari Ravichandran says – not using a 2-factor authentication is like locking your door, but keeping your windows open.
5. Don’t give out personal information on social networks.
With social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (and others), you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make personal connections with people worldwide. However, it’s important to remember that not everyone has the best intentions. If you’re using a social media site, never give away any personal information — if they want to contact you, they can message you. Also, social media accounts aren’t always truly secure.
Cyber security is a huge topic, and making sure you have comprehensive solutions in place is the best way to stay safe.