Have you ever thought, the more we use the internet in our daily lives, we keep putting our critical information out there? From using internet banking, payment applications, to other social media apps, we give access to our valuable information to these apps and the companies that have made them. These data are one of the most valuable assets in today’s world, and hackers are always planning new ways of cybercrime to get these data. Cybercrime is a rampant threat! You might be worried about the only cyberattack in which hackers are stealing your financial information. But that’s not the only cyber attack you should worry about. Given the chance, hackers will hack and breach your data, steal your identity and your finances within minutes. A cyberattack can change your life within a fraction of a second.
“In 2019, 93.6% of malware detected was only seen on a single PC. This is the highest yearly rate we’ve ever seen, although the number has been above 90% since 2014, in the USA.” – 2020 Webroot Threat Report
Now you must be wondering how to protect yourself from cybercrime?
Here are a few tips that can help you protect yourself against the various types of cybercrimes.
- Using A Full-Service Internet Security Suite.
Use an anti-virus suite that not only protects your systems/smartphones from virus attacks but also provides real-time protection from existing and emerging malware and aids in protecting your private and financial information when you go online. There are many such suites available in the market, like Norton Security, Adobe Security, and so on.
- Using Strong Passwords.
Create unique and complex passwords for different sites and applications. Keep changing your passwords on a regular basis. Do not save your passwords in the browsers. Always clear your passwords and login details after you log out from the sites and applications.
- Keeping Software Updated.
Hackers usually use known exploits in your software to get access to your system. Updating your software helps in patching those exploits and can make it less possible for you to become a victim of a cyberattack. This is why it is essential to keep your operating system software and security suite updated.
- Securing Home Network.
It is a smarter move to use a strongly encrypted password and a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for your home network. A VPN will encrypt all your communication traffic that leaves your devices until they are received at their destinations. Even if a hacker hacks into your communication line, they will only get anything but encrypted data.
- Using Multi-Factor Authentication:
It is taking one extra step of caution. Enabling multi-factor authentication, especially for banking sites, and credit card accounts make it harder for the hacker to gain access to your accounts.
- Managing Social Media Settings:
We cannot spend an hour without checking into our social media accounts. While social media is a platform to share what we are doing with our network, at the same time, it is necessary to keep our personal information less available on social media. For cybercriminals focussing on social media attacks, can easily get your personal information from a few data points. For example, if you have mentioned your birth date or revealed your mother’s middle name on your account, you might end up exposing the answers to two general security questions.
- Staying Up To Date On Significant Security Breaches.
Whether you are doing a business or have an account on a website that has been affected by a security breach, read and find about the hackers. Change your passwords and recovery email address immediately.
The fight with cybercrime is a never-ending war. All you can do to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a cyberattack is to be cautious, proactive, and keep upgrading along with the technologies.