Some people are only online a little, while others are online constantly, either for work or recreation. Very few people can get away these days with having no online presence at all. This is the world’s way: a popular technology form appears, and gradually, it reshapes human existence.
Because so many individuals spend so much time online, they need to watch out for the various cyber security threats that exist. If you’re not sure what those are, we’ll take the time today to talk about four of the biggest ones, and we’ll review what you can do to neutralize them.
Weak passwords stand out as one of the most widespread cyber security threats, and it might surprise you how many individuals are guilty of implementing them. You might have dozens of online accounts, and you may have the same password for all of them. You might also have similar passwords, changing them only by capitalizing one letter or adding a symbol at the end.
Websites always encourage you to make up stronger passwords, which sometimes helps, but using a random password generator is the superior option. If you do this, you get a random letter, number, and symbol string that no one would ever be able to guess.
The real issue is that you’re not going to be able to remember it. There are two solutions: the first is to write down the password and keep it somewhere. You might keep the master list in a desk drawer if you only use your home computer for online tasks.
You can also make a master list and keep it on your computer. It’s only safe for you to do this on a private device, though, and never a shared one at work or elsewhere.
You might have shared computers or even a personal one at work, but these devices are sometimes a nightmare from a security standpoint. If you’re sharing a computer with many individuals at work, you don’t know if a coworker is ignoring basic cyber security measures.
It’s much better to either bring a laptop to work and use that, or you can talk to your company about allowing you to work remotely if they will allow it. If you can do that, you can set up a VPN. A virtual private network with two-factor authorization will always be much tougher for hackers to access, and you can browse websites safely.
There are various ways that malware can crash your computer if you let any of it get on there. Malware comes in various malicious code forms, such as Trojan horse programs and viruses. Once they get onto your network, they get to work stealing your personal or sensitive data.
A corrupt download link can get some malware into your device. A spam email or an unsecured website visit can do it as well.
If you have strong antivirus software on your computer, that can help you in this area. That software will block unsecured website access. It will prevent your device from opening spammy links as well.
You can’t always tell beforehand which website looks bad or which email is spam. Some of them look very convincing and can fool even highly experienced internet users. Your work can pay for antivirus software from Norton or another popular company, but you should invest in it at home as well.
You can argue that phishing is the most critical web threat there is. Phishing is the primary infection vector, especially for hackers who target small businesses.
A hacker pretends that they’re a contact you know, such as PayPal, the IRS, Bank of America, and so forth. Many of these attacks are very easy to spot, but others look like the real deal. If you’re not very internet-savvy, you might open such an email or the attached file.
Even if you don’t download a spammy link, the hacker might convince you to give up some of your data by sending it to them. The best way to prevent this danger is by utilizing gateway security measures. These stop such emails from ever reaching your white list and making it into your inbox in the first place.
If you know that these threats are out there and you have the proper security measures in place, you can always be ready to repel any potential hacker activity. Use your head and make sure to stay safe while you’re online.
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