We were told from when we were young that the Internet is a dangerous place, with the irony being that it is now far more dangerous today now that we’re adults. And the Internet has become increasingly more dangerous over the last few years, with cyber attacks becoming a regular occurrence.
While most big cyber attacks target companies more often than not, there are still plenty of criminals out looking to try and score money off people that haven’t kept their security up to par. Having strong cyber security is just as important as having a secure house in today’s world. Fortunately, it’s much easier making sure that you’re personal and financial information on the Internet is safe than buying new locks for your doors at home.
- Update, Update, Update
We’re quick to shrug off updating the software on our computers. It takes time, and it can often be a little confusing. Most modern anti-virus suites will automatically update as long as there’s an Internet connection, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes it’s necessary to take the time to learn how to check when the computer and its anti-virus last updated, and then making sure that everything is up to standard. Out-of-date software is one of the leading contributors to the wide-scale ransomware attacks that occurred last year.
- Be Wary of Email Attachments
For as long as email has existed, there have been criminals trying to infect people’s computers. It’s also an extremely easy way to pull it off: sending an email with an attachment that most people will click without thinking. But this is incredibly dangerous, as opening an email attachment that has been infected means that it will most likely bunker itself down in the operating system of the computer and cause endless problems. Always be vigilant of the nature of email attachments.
- Make Backups
It’s always the classic case of a computer becoming infected and eventually shutting down permanently, and no backups were made. It’s a problem that was especially prevalent a few years ago, but things have changed dramatically. Cloud storage solutions are the first step to take in ensuring that your sensitive and important data is secure in an off-site server.
- Avoid Public Wi-Fi
A lot of places have begun to offer public Wi-Fi hotspots, and theoretically, it’s a great idea, allowing people to make use of the Internet while in a public space, especially if they are travelling. But they’ve also become hotspots of malware and theft, and most professional agree that avoiding any and all public Wi-Fi is a good idea. Keep in mind that there are some exceptions, especially if it’s at a well-known cafe or governmentally-run.
- Avoid Dangerous Sites
Thankfully, the integrated security measures of most modern browsers means that users tend to be warned before entering a site that has been reported for any suspicious activity. Nevertheless, try and avoid any sites that may look dangerous, especially if they attempt to make you download unknown files.