It is always important to stay safe online and do everything you can to ensure your private information is kept safe and secure. There are ways to prevent someone being able to get access to your information, and we’re going to talk about them below.
Now, more than ever, it is vital you stay secure online, during the Coronavirus outbreak the 411 IT and security professionals surveyed by Check Point and Dimensional Research and 71% said they've seen an increase in security threats or attacks since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. This is things from phishing attacks to websites that claim to offer information or advice about the virus. IT professionals also said they have seen a rise in malware and ransomware attacks since the disease began to surface earlier this year.
Make sure to keep as much personal information as limited as possible, wherever possible. When you are online, you should only put out as much personal information as needed, as the more you limit this the fewer people know about you and the harder it is for them to hack or impersonate you.
You should always ensure that your privacy settings are on, this way there is limited knowledge hackers can have in regard to your browser usage. Major browsers and social platforms have privacy-enhancing settings, be sure to look for them and enable these privacy safeguards.
Whenever you are on the internet, be sure to practice safe browsing, don’t visit dangerous websites that look unsafe or download random pop-ups without having full knowledge of what it is and where it has come from, be confident it is from a trustworthy and reliable source.
Ensure you have strong passwords and different passwords for all of your accounts – as this makes it harder if someone is trying to access several accounts of yours. A strong password is one that is unique and complex – with at least 15 characters long mixed letters, numbers and special characters.
Make sure your online purchases are always from secure sites. Anytime you purchase online, you are going to use either your credit or debit card information, you need to ensure you only supply the information to sites that provide secure, encrypted connections.
Keep your antivirus program up to date. Internet security software cannot protect you from every threat, but it will detect and remove most malware – when it is up to date.
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