Simple Cybersecurity Measures that Work!

27 Nov

If you have been a victim of cybercrime, chances are that there was no serious plot to target you and your account specifically. By nature, cybercrime is an opportunistic business. This means that a hacker might come across your password or send out spans of emails and you’re the one who falls for it and…yes…clicks the link. The truth is that there are a few basic cybersecurity measures that you can take to ensure that you don’t become a victim.

Don’t Want to be Hacked? Make These Security Measures Your Online/Device Mantra!

These tips are for individuals as well as businesses, so listen up and take note!

Make your password strong and regularly update it

We could all stand to be a little more mysterious with our passwords. If you’re the type of person who uses the same password for all applications and accounts, STOP! Mix things up. Use an upper case letter, lower case letter, number, special character and you must avoid using anything that is easy to guess (think ID number, partner’s name, child’s name, pet’s name – you get it!).

Log out when you leave

If you access accounts on public devices or even work devices, always log out when you are finished. To be even more secure, you can clear the device history and cache so that you are certain the log in information will no longer be valid.

Get in the habit of doing regular encrypted data backups.

The cloud is there for a reason. Make sure that you don’t leave any sensitive information saved to your device. You can do a data backup and secure your information from hackers. We can help you with this at Soteria Cloud.

Password protect your network

This should be the first step in anyone’s cyber security strategy. It might seem like it’s “just your home Wi-Fi”, but you won’t be feeling the same when someone realises your network is unsecured and uses it to access personal information which can be used against you. Identity theft and fraud is a lot easier than you think. It’s all about protecting your personal information.

Password protect your devices

Ever lost a phone and wondered what would happen if it fell into the hands of the wrong person. With banking apps, Zapper and NFC functionality, your phone can be your worst enemy (when in the hands of a criminal, that is). Make sure that your protect your device with a secure password, just in case.

Get choosy with the apps you use

Apps are great. They’re fun and convenient. What happens when the app you are using is hacked? You guessed it! Your personal information is at risk. If you are going to download an app, make sure that it offers sufficient security and that the company or brand it is linked to offers protection against cybercrime too. You should also encrypt your most commonly used accounts.

Avoid “dodgy” emails and messages

If you don’t know where the email is coming from and it’s asking for personal information or requires you to click a link, avoid it! Phishing is a top cybercrime trick. Don’t know the email sender? Don’t open it!

These simple cyber security tips can help you avoid cybercrime victim status. Thwart the efforts of opportunistic cyber criminals with our help! Got any more security tips of your own to add? Share them with us!

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