A big chunk of our day is spent surfing the internet. Whether for business or job purposes or simply spending spare time, the internet isn’t as safe as it was a decade ago. With new technologies and cyber threats arising, here’s how you can stay safe online:
Choose Strong Passwords
You are wrong if you think using the same password for multiple accounts is safe! The same passwords make hacking into accounts easier for hackers. A hacker stealing one of these same passwords can hack into all of your accounts. So, to stay safe online, choose unique and strong passwords. It’s the best way to protect the sensitive data stored on these accounts.
Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) or Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
MFA and 2FA are ways to verify your identity when logging into any online account. It adds at least one extra requirement before getting into an account, such as a code sent via a text message, email or authentication app. It is proven to prevent relatively 99.9% of fraudulent sign-in attempts.
Make Sure to Log Out from Apps
After you’re done using an application (like your banking app or any other app storing your sensitive information), make sure you log out of it before closing the browser. This tip is highly beneficial when you use the internet at a café or any public network other than your house. Logging out will keep you away from cross-site request forgery attacks. Even better yet, don’t even log into such sensitive sites on public networks at all.
Keep Your Device’s Software Updated
Software updates are important as the new updates can fix bugs and major issues, compromising the internet’s safety. Hackers can scan the internet for devices running on old software versions with multiple bugs and target them specifically since hacking them is easier. Enable the device for automatic software updates to stay safe from these online threats.
Don’t Click on Unnecessary Links
If an unknown person sends you a link to something, don’t open it! Even if you get an email that looks legit from someone or some company you have no idea about, don’t click on the attachments it includes. Think carefully because these links can be dangerous most of the time. Phishing attacks are designed to steal information that can later be used for blackmail and ransom money.
Report Suspicious Activities
If an email or user looks suspicious, quickly recognize them as threats and report them. Report emails to the concerned departments to keep yourself and others safe from future attacks.