Although everyone nods their head and claims to know the basics of cyber security, such as staff awareness, multiple passwords and multi-factor authentication – there are hundreds of different tricks and tips to stay ahead of the cyber crime game.
With masses at our fingertips we have sourced six stunning tips that get you to take small but important actions and will expand your safety net:
Security Tip 1
Big brother is watching you.
Multiplying passwords is one thing but are you sure that those passwords are away from prying eyes? Whilst there are various advanced password stealers, key tone identifiers and all manner of very smart hacker weapons, there is also old-fashioned peeking.
Both bystanders and colleagues can identify passwords, especially the easy ones simply by watching you type. Shield your password as you would shield a bank pin number and never share your passwords.
Security Tip 2
Keep tabs on your bank account.
Check your bank statements every week, through online banking.
Look out for suspicious movements in your account or any repetitive payments that you don’t recognize (however small). You should be changing your passwords and triggering your account security measures, frequently as there is plenty of financial malware in cyberspace (your online banking system usually provides a plethora of ways for you to do this).
Security Tip 3
Make a priority list, then protect it!
Decide which are your most sensitive accounts, then make sure your passwords are strong and use multi-factor authentication.
No one stresses the use of a passbook more than us. From email to Amazon to basically any account where you may have once entered your card details, think about fortifying both the entrance to and the data held, within the account.
Apart from your password, encrypting card details or using payment services where the card is not stored on line, can prevent a lot of low-level cyber fraud. Not only that but by using online cards, with limited funds, like Neteller or other digital wallets, with no ties to your bank account, will prevent novice hackers gaining wider access, it may also cause you to spend a little less.
Security Tip 4
Make a record of your own digital footstep:
Step 1: Make a list of online accounts.
Step 2: Delete the accounts that were inactive for at least 6 months.
Step 3: Set stronger passwords for the remaining accounts.
Security Tip 5
Ransomware will try to encrypt your data and lock you out, then they will demand a payment to provide a decryption key. The best method to fight ransomware attacks is through defense.
Be prepared by time-consuming frequent data backups in various locations. Your important information should be stored on more than one device. Be aware that the antivirus will not protect you from everything, but choose one of the better ones and avoid those unknown senders!
Security Tip 6
Sharing isn't always caring.
Preventing identity theft 101 means being sensible about what you share on social media.
Oversharing influences your online security and ipso facto makes you a clear target for hackers. Hackers are professionals at data gathering, so don't make it easier. BY providing your family's information, names, contact details and whereabouts it makes it far easier for a hacker to attack your accounts, including your bank account and send malware from your email address.