Cybersecurity 101: 10 Tips To Keep Safe Online


Today’s youth are able to access more information than any generation before. Thanks to the Internet we all now have a wealth of information that can enrich our lives in new and wondrous ways. Yet, the Internet also has the potential to harm us and the people we love. Too often we read about another company falling victim to a cyberattack, or a friend’s email or social network account being hacked. These dangers are tangible. How does one keep safe and practice basic cybersecurity in such circumstances? Read on –

  1. Realize cybersecurity is a moving target.

    Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new threats, so you need to be conscientious about downloading the latest security updates and patches while watching the news for any threats.

  2. Get wise to phishing.

    You may be sophisticated enough to know not to click on a URL that’s supposedly from your bank or a friend, but this needs to hold true for everyone in the household. Tell your kids about phishing and warn them not to click on URLs from an unidentified email or social network message. Get a security program that recognizes and blocks dodgy URLs.

  3. Watch out for scams.

    There are other ways to trick you into entering information. Even some so-called legitimate businesses can trick you into signing up for recurring annual payments and the like. Watch your credit card statements closely.

  4. Use a password management system.

    Passwords are the primary defence against hackers for most people and it’s no secret that it’s often a flimsy one. Bolster your defence with a password management program. Best of all, this way you only need to remember one password!

  5. Keep social networks secure.

    There’s a good chance that at least one person in your house is on a social network. Unfortunately, social networks have become a draw for cybercriminals. Keep a close eye on your friends’ social network accounts. If someone messages you who hasn’t done so in a while, don’t avoid the cynicism. Your friend’s account may have been hacked.

  6. Identify the threat in your household.

    Your home Wi-Fi network is another entry point for hackers. Make sure you have a hard-to-crack password and consider security software that identifies “intruders” on the network. Also stress the importance of avoiding public Wi-Fi networks to your kids.

  7. Educate kids about online safety.

    When it comes to cybersecurity, kids are often the weakest link. Get security software that keeps kids from clicking on the wrong links and visiting the wrong sites. Teach kids about suspicious activity online and encourage them to ask for help if something seems dodgy and unusual.

  8. Don’t forget mobile devices.

    Your phone and tablet need as much security protection as your PC. Make sure you’ve got a full security solution that covers your mobile devices as well. Put a passcode on your tablets and phones, too.

  9. Use a credit card.

    Credit cards are insured, so use that rather than your debit card.
  10. When in doubt, call support.

    The best security software programs offer 24×7 support. If you ever have any suspicions you’ve been hacked, call for help. Such programs, actively provide protection at all times, detecting online threats before they hit, hence it’s imperative that these be installed in your systems.

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