Do you regularly change your passwords. Do you always check the security of shopping websites before placing an order? Do you set up your VPN before accessing public WiFi? Or, do you validate the email before you reply?
If the majority of the answers are a NO, it indicates that you don’t care about cybersecurity.
If you’re not yet a victim of cybercrime consider yourself lucky. Your negligence could make your personal data vulnerable to a threat actor sooner or later.
Cybercrime is unique in that most victims discover that their information was stolen only after the attack.
You don’t have to take a chance.
Here are some important tips to protect yourself against cybercrimes.
PLEASE BE SURE TO USE PUBLIC WIFI:
Public Wi-Fi hotspots, which can be found at most public places, are free to access and available for use. They can be dangerous. They are susceptible to man-inthe-middle (MITM) attacks designed to steal personal data like login credentials and credit card details. You can also use it for malware distribution by a threat actor. A hacker could use file sharing to install malicious software on your computer.
These are some tips that can help you avoid the dangers associated with public WiFi:
- Avoid using public Wi Fi to make online payments, file sharing, or other sensitive tasks.
- When connecting to public WiFi, use a Virtual Private Network. VPN protects your online activities against hackers.
- Turn off Sharing via the control panel on your OS.
When not in operation, leave Wi-Fi on.
An antivirus is an essential and fundamental step in fighting any viruses or other threats. It can also serve as the first line protection against online threats.
A free anti-virus program may be effective against petty bugs.
A trusted, subscription-based program is required if sensitive data or financial records are stored on your computer. Such antivirus programs offer protection from viruses and protect against other threats like rootkits bots, Trojan horse Trojan horses, spyware, fraudulent emails, and others. The importance of AV is vital as many viruses can make your computer’s host inoperable or prevent you from installing antivirus software.
Cybercriminals are attracted to computers without antivirus programs.
DON’T RESPONSIBILIT TO SUSPICIOUS MESSAGES:
Do you ever get emails from your boss, bank or boss asking for money? Are you occasionally notified about a winning prize of a million or new iPhone models that you won?
Avoid replying to such emails. They may actually be sent by a cybercriminal pretending that they are your boss or bank to trick and trick you into giving out important information. This fraud is known as “phishing”.
It is one among the easiest cyber-attacks threat actors can execute and one of easiest to fall for. One study has shown that almost 1 in 2,000 daily emails contains phishing messages.
This attack extends to email, as well as messaging services, phones, and apps.
Apart from asking for important details, phishing can be used to send malware. The recipient is encouraged to download and visit a link that will secretly insert malicious elements like malware, ransomware and Trojan.
Sometimes, these links take you to a fake site that asks for personal information. One study estimates that each month, almost 1,000,000 fake websites are created for a phishing attack.
To deal with these types of attacks, you can either ignore or delete the malicious emails. You should contact the sender if you suspect the email to be legitimate.
STRENGTHEN YOUR PASSWORDS:
Are you using 1,2,34, ABC or your date-of-birth as your password?
These passwords can be easily cracked using sophisticated tools by a sophisticated hacker. This risk exists even if you don’t change your passwords regularly or use the exact same password for all of your accounts.
It is not rocket science to create strong passwords. Use a mix of upper and lower case letters, symbols, numbers and numbers. Avoid using dictionary terms as hackers could figure it out with brute and dictionary attacks.
KEEP THE SOFTWARE ALIVE:
It doesn’t matter if you have an antivirus or an OS installed, ensure that you update any software. This is important because old software might not be effective at stopping new viruses. By fixing any bugs or other weaknesses in your software, it is less likely you will fall for any cybercrime.
USE A TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION:
Two-factor authentication (or multiple-factor) is an authentication method that double-checks if your identity has been verified. It allows you to verify your identity by using two different methods when you log in online.
As an example, the OTP code will be sent to your registered number and you will need to enter it as soon as your ID is logged in. This means that you will have to enter that OTP code and your password. This is what you should have seen with your Gmail accounts, Twitter, Facebook or Dropbox. Look into whether your other online accounts can use two-factor authentication. This authentication system adds an extra layer to security.
KNOW WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY CYBERS:
Inform your local cyber security team if you suspect that your credit card details have been stolen or your personal information has been compromised. Even if you are not charged with a crime, this report is essential. Your report can assist law enforcement agencies in locating criminals and preventing them from trapping future victims. You can also contact banks in the case of credit card theft.
Many online platforms, like LinkedIn or Gmail permit you to report hacked accounts and get them fixed.