The internet has become a dangerous place as there are hackers, trackers, malware, and even service providers that are looking to capitalize on our frail data security practices. Contributor Nick Galov, Website Manager – TechJury.
The rate at which we are exposed to these threats is on a high, as recent events show that even trusted names in data security sector are almost always one step behind perpetrators. Now, we must take up the mantle and become responsible for the safety of our sensitive information.
The crucial nature of the subject matter has led to the explosion of materials which highlight security measures which will help us secure our data. In particular, the interesting and educative infographic you’ll find below focuses on simple but effective practices that should help you protect your data from prying eyes. These practices include the following.
Protect Your Password
This is a glaring and basic security measure which data security experts have continued to lay emphasis on. Around 76 percent of businesses have identified themselves as victims of phishing attacks. Yet, it seems that we have refused to appreciate the importance of protecting passwords. Your password is the first line of defense against unauthorized access, and the moment it gets compromised, there is no stopping the theft of your data. Here are some of the ways you can protect your password:
Under no circumstances should you share your password with anyone
Try as much as possible to create unique passwords for every account you open online. Recycling passwords you have already used on another website is not advisable;
Your password should contain nothing less than 10 characters, and you can make it stronger by using uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, and symbols.
Use Login Verification
You should only open accounts on websites and apps that offer two-factor authentication system. What this does is that it sends you new access codes via email or text when you want to access your account. Therefore, you can ascertain that the system will alert you whenever there is an unauthorized attempt to access your account.
Be Careful When Downloading Or Clicking Links
Hackers are still using the most basic form of attacks which have proven successful over the years. One of these strategies is the deployment of malware and viruses on victims’ system. To do this, hackers create websites and contents which will house the malware. You automatically expose your system to malware the moment you access or download the contents. Therefore, it is imperative that you only download or access content on trusted websites.
Only Sign In Into Your Accounts With Trusted Devices
Accessing your accounts on multiple devices makes life easier. However, you should only login into your accounts on devices that are exclusively yours. You are exposed to more risk when you have a habit of entering your sensitive information on public systems. In cases where you have no choice, make sure you log out before closing the website.
Get Effective Security Solutions For Your Devices
Anti-spyware software can help you identify and eliminate security threats installed on your devices. Make sure you have one or more of updated versions of such software running on your systems.
The above-listed practices are some of the ways you can ensure that your data is safe from unauthorized access. You can check out the infographic for more effective practices and habits that will put you a step ahead of cybercriminals.