Affordable and easily accessible internet connectivity has turned most of us into digital natives. From social media to making online payments, the internet has become an integral part of our being.
All this convenience comes at its own cost. There is a greater security risk to spending so much time online which may result in data theft, stolen identity or a system crash.
To ensure maximum cyber-security in our daily lives, here are 6 tips you can implement right away.
1) Beware of suspicious sources and non-secure websites
Be wary of emails with catchy subject-lines that promise enormous discounts on products or services from unfamiliar vendors. In most probability these could be scam websites, which are trying to hack into your system. Never open links or download attachments with the extensions “.exe”, “.com”, “.shs”, “.scr”, “.pif” and do not trust the file names either. For example, “fungames.exe” could actually be a virus or malware, disguised as a game.
Always look for the green lock in the address bar and “https://” at the start of the URL, before proceeding further on unfamiliar websites, banking sites, or before making online payments.
The rule of thumb is: Never reveal sensitive information on websites unless you are sure of its authenticity.
2) Scan Everything
While copying files from one machine to your PC with a pen-drive or any other external device, always run an anti-virus scan. It might take a minute or two longer, than if you didn’t but it will definitely ensure your system remains healthy and free of any viruses.
3) Auto Sync and Scans
New viruses are created daily or resurface as different variations of worms, Trojans, malicious malware or adware. To prevent these viruses from harming our systems, it is best to schedule a manual update or scan regularly. Ideally, it is recommended that your anti-virus software is updated automatically once the system starts up and is running at all times. If you have just bought a new system, ensure that your anti-virus software settings allow for an automatic update, scan and removal of viruses, if found.
4) Secure your Internet Network
Here are some ways to ensure your network is secured and not exposed to any cyber-attacks:
– Keep a strong password to access the internet
– Never broadcast your password or SSID (name of your connection)
– Use WPA and WPA2 encryption
– Avoid using a free Wi-Fi service
– Set the High security and privacy settings of your browser.
5) Keep a Strong Password
A strong and complex password is your first line of defense against any spyware or malware. Hackers find it difficult to break password that has a combination of alphanumeric characters in both upper and lower case, includes a special character, and is at least 8 characters in length. Avoid using the same password or username for multiple things, like net banking, email etc. In short, keep it easy to remember but difficult to guess.
6) Activate a Firewall
To activate firewall on a Windows PC: Go to ‘Control Panel’ and ‘Firewall’ in the search bar. While, for a Mac , go to ‘System Preferences’ in the toolbar, click on ‘Security’ and next on ‘Firewall’.
There is no escape from being digitally connected but there is escape from viruses. Not only do we have to save our personal information from getting stolen, or identity getting compromised in the digital ecosystem but, we also have to be prepared with a fall back plan, in case something does go wrong.
Install Max Total Security, it is the fastest and the smartest Antivirus solution for your PC with scheduled data backup.
After all, prevention is better than cure.