In this ever-connected digital world where it’s easy to stalk a person and learn anything and everything about them, data security is more critical than ever. Experts say your online security lies in your hands, and I couldn’t agree more. One of my friends in cybersecurity says I shouldn’t even be saving my Spectrum Internet account credentials on my browser. Why? You will learn about this as you read the tips.
There is a lot you can do to protect your digital life. The tips to boost your security are simple and very common. Let’s explore them:
1: Strong Password is the Key
Take a look at the history of cybersecurity breaches, and you will find so many data breaches because of poor passwords. Therefore, the first thing to do for boosting your online security is to use a strong password. Never use your pet’s name, phone number, date of birth, home address, or other PI for creating a password. If you have trouble creating and remembering passwords, use a password management tool such as LastPass.
2: Turn On Two-Factor Authentication
I understand two-factor authentication can be a pain, but it adds another layer of security to your online account, which makes it worth it. It’s perfect for keeping intruders away. By turning on two-factor authentication, you have to enter a 4 to 6 digit code to access your account. This code is received in the form of an SMS.
To turn on the 2-factor authentication, go to your account’s security settings and follow the steps asked of you.
3: Limit the Info You Share Online
Whatever information you share online (on social media handles) leaves a digital trail. For a cybercriminal, these bits of information are heaven. It’s easy for them to hack you by putting the pieces together. That’s why it’s strongly recommended not to leave your date of birth visible on your profiles.
At first, posting pictures and adding check-ins seems harmless, but you always end up revealing extra information. If you don’t know how this information can be used, I recommend watching the movie Identity Thief or perhaps the TV series Mr Robot.
4: Never Safe Your Passwords in the Browser
It’s so convenient to save all passwords in the browsers and bookmarks the sites that you visit frequently. Did you know where these browsers store your passwords? In the cloud, not in your machine. In other words, you are putting your credentials at risk if the browser becomes a victim of a data breach.
It’s not even recommended to store all your passwords in a password management app. If your device gets stolen, so will all your accounts. The best practice is to enter each password manually. At the very least, stop saving the passwords to your financial accounts in the browser.
5: Use a VPN
Any time you connect your mobile device to a public Wi-Fi network, make sure you are using s VPN. Free Wi-Fi may sound attractive; it puts your device at risk. Someone could snoop into your device, steal your files, emails, and Access your gallery. When you use a VPN, it encrypts Internet traffic. No one can snoop on your data or internet activities.
6: Keep Your Smart Devices Locked
Never leave your smart devices unattended without locking them. Using passcode or pattern is history. Instead, stick to advance locking mechanisms such as fingerprint authentication or face recognition.
7: Back Up Your Data Regularly
It cannot be stressed enough to take a backup of important data. Those who have lost important data know why it’s so crucial. Many people have paid a ransom to criminals for decrypting their data. When that happens, you would deeply regret not taking a backup.
Backups aren’t immune to ransomware. That’s exactly why it’s recommended to create more than one offline backups. Please make this a regular practice to take backup and maintain them.
Educate Those Around You
Last but not least, along with keeping yourself protected, don’t forget to educate your friends and family on the importance of keeping their digital life secure. Explain the dangers of sharing too much information. Sometimes, people need reasons, facts, and evidence to listen to the advice of others. So do your homework. The facts on cybercrime caused by human negligence are as accessible as the Spectrum phone number.
Keep safe with these practical tips.