Be wary of the dangers of possible cyber attacks and act before any data is lost.
Losing data can ruin your reputation… not to mention your bank account.
Consider these tips, and apply them to all your devices – laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone, …
- Perform required software updates for your operating system and web browser. A system that hasn’t been updated recently has flaws in it that can be taken advantage of by hackers. Updates are often fixes to repair where hackers found a weakness.
- Install anti-spyware/adware programs onto your system. Adware can slow down your computer, making you vulnerable to a hacker. Spyware can survey your Internet behavior and copy your passwords to use for illegal access to your services.
- Check that a public WiFi is legitimate by asking an employee of the place you’re in before signing in. It’s easy for hackers to set up a fake WiFi network that looks like an official one.
- Once you have finished browsing on a WiFi, log off all services you were using and then set the device to forget the network so it doesn’t automatically join next time you’re in range.
- Make sure you disable WiFi when you’re not using it. This prevents your device joining any rough networks automatically without you noticing.
- Use a VPN. This acts as an intermediary between your device and the internet server, routing all your activity through your own little loop of the internet that is encrypted, meaning a would-be intruder will find it impossible to sniff your information out or know what you’re doing, whether this is on a mobile, tablet or computer.
- It’s good practice to change all your passwords often and not use the same passwords across all your services. There are password managers available online that help manage them all. The most popular password of 2014 was 123456. Make sure your passwords are long and intricate so that they’re harder to guess.
- Always check permissions on the apps before installing and make sure they aren’t accessing unnecessary information.
- Delete emails from unknown sources. Never click on an emailed link that looks questionable. It may be a virus.
Online fraud is big business, as attested by the recent arrest of Top Nigerian scammer