In this article, we are going to be looking at ten ways to protect yourself online.
An online hack can cause a business serious reputational damage according and in turn the need for services such as VelSEOity’s are often needed to fix such issues. This can be costly and the best form of a cure is prevention.
These tips can help protect your friend and family too and should help keep your email from being hacked:
Use Two-Factor Authentication and Password Manager Wherever Possible
Make use of a decent password manager to create strong and unique online passwords for each login. We cannot stress this enough. Modern hackers are quite cunning and employ a tactic known as credential stuffing. This is where the hacker cramming previously stolen passwords and usernames into as many services online as possible. But why do they do that? Well, simply because a lot of people use the same usernames and passwords across different accounts.
While creating unique passwords for all your online services may take some time, it’s worth the effort to avoid the risk. When setting up account passwords, consider setting up 2FA or two-factor authentication as an extra layer of security on accounts that offer the option. 2FA is especially crucial as it helps prevent unauthorized password resets. Also, consider doing the same for all IoT devices that support 2FA in your home (when buying IoT devices for use in your home, consider getting devices that support 2FA.)
When Signing Up On A New Email Service, Check To See If It Supports 2FA
Not all every email provider out there has 2FA. When opening an account with any email provider, consider the layers of security available – is it app-based like Google Authenticator or Authy or is it 2FA over text message (less secure)?
One of the main benefits of two-factor authentication is that it provides a whole other layer of security like a text message sent to your phone with a one-use password. As such, only the person with the device can complete the login. The great thing about this option is that it will notify you via text when someone else tries to log into your account.
Never Click On Any Suspicious Links In Texts or Mail
Most phishers will send a link that looks legitimate via text or email, that, when clicked on, allows them to access or steal your information. Mail attachments containing malware are also a popular means of causing cyber mayhem. To avoid these scams, avoid clicking attachments or links in suspicious emails. Instead, go to another tab, visit the official website of the company that you sent you the link via mail and look to see if the information checks out. To stay safe online, never download attachments or open links from unknown senders. While links and attachments sent by people you know are relatively safe, avoid those that have no context as they could be bad news.
Being cautious with the mail you receive can also help you identify one of the most notorious phishing mail – the “Fake Password Reset.” These emails often read something like “Your account has been compromised! To reset your Login and Password, Click Here! Recall the Democratic National Convention email leak of 2016? Well, that is an excellent example of a fake password reset.
Install a VPN on Your Phone and Computer
One of the best ways to become anonymous online is by using a VPN. VPNs encrypt internet connections, hiding your IP, hence your location. There is no reason why you shouldn’t use one, especially if you want to protect your personal information. The great thing about VPNs is that they improve the browsing experience with less tracking, fewer ads, and peace of mind knowing that you are secure.
Avoid Using Public Computers and Wi-Fi Hotspots
When on public networks, only access the internet using your personal computer or your mobile device if it has a VPN. Since many people access public PCs in places like hotels, you can never really tell how safe they are. There is a chance someone put a keylogger or any other type of malware on them, and that could come back and haunt you. If you need to access highly personal accounts or to do some online banking, please wait until you get home and are on a protected network.
Install A Strong Antivirus
Good antiviruses raise the bar on information security with real-time protection from threats like ransomware, malware, phishing attacks, and more. You should have an antivirus installed on your smartphone, laptop, PC, tablet, and any other device that can access the internet.
Secure your Wi-Fi and Router
As a business or homeowner, consider securing your network at all times since some unauthorized users could be there trying to access your system. When setting up your network, make sure you change the router’s admin password and set a strong Wi-Fi password that hackers cannot crack.
Keep Your Smartphone and Computer OS Up-To-Date
Every time a security update for your operating system is released, update your device immediately. This is one of the most fundamental principles of information security.
Update Your Smartphone and Computer Apps Regularly
Most app updates include critical security improvements, so when updates are available, get them right away.
Consider Credit-Freezing Your Account
Let’s say your account has been hacked, putting a credit freeze on the account could help control things. Credit-freezing an account is quite easy actually and allows you to control access to your account(s). When making significant purchases that require a credit report, like when buying a car, un-freeze your account, then freeze it again later.