Cyber attacks are happening so frequently; we need to stay mindful of the risks we face. We have access to every aspect of our lives through our devices. Many of us may be more trusting than we should. We are using our devices for more and more critical things; banking, healthcare, mobile work, we are sharing our personal information all the time! Here are some tips to keep you safe!
Install Necessary Updates – Keep your applications and operating systems updated with the latest security updates. These come with security patches for vulnerabilities in your operating system. Last years’ attacks WannaCry and Nyetya were completely preventable on devices which had the Windows upgrade that fixed the vulnerability. Yet thousands of people didn’t upgrade and became a victim.
Keep your Private Information Private – Take extra precaution putting your information in online, many people can get directed to a fake site making you hand your personal information right to them! Make sure that websites are secure and using https.their address will look like this. https://www.facebook.com.
Don’t Trust WIFI – Always secure your Wi-Fi with a password, Do NOT use public Wi-Fi for transactions. If not properly configured, every Wi-Fi is vulnerable. The recent KRACK attack. WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. This attack made everyone using Wi-Fi unsecure. Through Wi-Fi, an attacker within range of a person can exploit their weaknesses.
Secure your Computer/laptop Physically – A Firewall monitors all the incoming and outgoing traffic towards your computer. If your antivirus doesn’t include a firewall, make sure you have windows firewall ‘Activated’. No matter what system you have, you need to be protected.
Offers that Look too Good Usually Are – Supposedly “free” software such as screen savers or ringtones, secret investment tricks or contests that you’ve surprisingly won without entering is what hooks us. It will want you to put your personal information or purchase something else in order to claim your “content winnings.” If an offer looks too good it’s hard to believe, read the fine print, or even better, ignore it.
Do NOT Store your Card Details on Websites – Put your information in each time you need to purchase something. Don’t let the website save your card information.