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Cyber security tips for stay safe online from cyber-attacks
Cybercrime is a growing threat.
If you are thinking that what is cyber-crime and what types it entails? Cybercrime is an online activity that criminals or hackers commit by targeting devices and internet-connected computers. These criminals intend to harm or blackmail anyone, steal sensitive data, damage the device, or mobilizing to people for any political motive. In cyberterrorism, Terrorists collaborate and gather information on the internet, moving terrorist activities and crimes into cyberspace.
There are various examples of cybercrimes that includes bullying, stalking, email spoofing, forgery, child sexual exploitation, information piracy, hacking and intellectual property.
To combat cyber-attacks, firstly we have to learn what cyber security is and how it works against digital threats?
The protection of mobile, devices, computers and internet-connected systems like software and hardware from cyber threats is known as cyber security. The practice of IT security strategy is used by enterprises or any individual to protect from unverified access to computers and data centers.
Cyber-attacks continue to evolve with advanced threats surfacing every year. When you hear about hacker attacks out there, you might be thinking of avoiding the use of the internet. That is completely harsh and impossible in today's era.
Convenience, namelessness, and Wi-Fi speed have made it a fast-growing activity. Online cyber-attacks are criminal activities and we all want to secure our online activities from data breaching. In reality, data breaches by cyber hackers can’t be abolished completely but, they can be secured. That’s why you have to take some basic steps to learn how to intercept the information security breach.
In the presence of various cyber risks, how can you protect your kids, family, colleagues, and even yourself from digital crime? It only can happen when you have practicing good safety habits and keep an eye on digital activities.
How to protect your computers from hackers?
Here I am sharing some basic and easy steps for cyber tricks. Because your laptop and computers carry your sensitive and wealthy business and personal data. You can start doing this today to better protect against computer crime.
So, let’s start with top computing tips for security.
Tip 1. You can become a target of Hackers.
We are all at risk of hacking. Data breaching and cyber-attacks happen everywhere on daily basis. So don’t ever think that it couldn’t happen to me. Cyber security should be the priority of everyone. It is our responsibility to keep an eye on our activities when we are using any internet-connected device.
Tip 2. Keep Turning off Automatic Updates.
Always keep turning off automatic updates in internet-connected devices and mobiles for the operating system. The automatic update may include any malicious content that installs itself without getting your permission.
It also may interrupt you while you are doing important work. It can be prompting you to restart your computer so it can be installed. Always do manually latest updates on your PC. Use internet explorers like opera, firefox, and chrome web store. Keep browser plug-ins such as java, and flash up to date.
Tip.3 Install antivirus software.
Use antivirus software, anti-malware, or a window defender protection system. It is a basic necessity in devices today and is no excuse for not having or uninstalling your computer system. Spyware scanners and anti-virus software protect your devices from malware, viruses, malicious content, spoofing emails, and scanning all downloaded files.
Free antivirus products in paid applications work well and keep secure your data. There are antivirus programs for every internet-based operating system such as Android, Mac, ios, and Linux including windows.
Tip 4. Avoid Phishing Scams.
Phishing is a constant threat. It can be carried out by social networking sites, texts, mobile phones, and most commonly through emails. Be careful of suspicious phone calls and emails that may require your financial or personal information such as ID, login credentials, bank details, credit card information and passwords, etc. cyber criminals usually pretend to be any business entity. They give official look to their tactics.
There are various techniques of phishing attacks that are followed by scammers such as smishing, vishing, pharming, and dating scams.
To protect the computer from phishing get a phishing toolbar. It reviews the site that you visit and if the toolbar finds and recognized phishing it will alert you.
Tip 5. Lock your PC screen when not in use
Never leave your pc or any device unattended. The physical security of the computer is just as valuable as its technical security. If ones need to leave a PC, laptop, tablet, or phone any few time lock it up so no one could be used to it. If you keep any personal data on an external hard drive or flash then make sure it is locked well and encrypted.
Tip 6. Be attentive before clicking any content.
Beware of any link or attachment in an email that is suspicious or unexpected for any reason, don’t click on it. Try to avoid downloading software from untrusted sources or unknown websites. These sites often host malicious or malware content that will automatically install (often silently) and compromise your PC.
ISO (international organization for standardization) recommends using click-to-play or add-on features that prevent the automatic download of plug-in content like Java, Flash, and scripts that can harbor malicious content or code.
Tip 7. Keep Back-up your Data.
Try to keep back up your data regularly. If you are the victim of any security happening the only way is to re-install and erase your computer system.
Tip 8. Use Firewall.
A firewall is a protective barrier between your internet and your computer. It acts like a safety shield that keeps watching on uses security rules and incoming data. The window of the computer has a built-in free firewall that serves your needs and keeps your PC protected. If you are using Mac, enable the OS X firewall built-in.
Tip 9. Treat IMS warily.
IMS is a target of Trojans and worms. Cyber attackers continuously work on the modern way to get access to personal accounts and steal sensitive information. So, treat IMS just suspiciously as you would email.
Tip 10. Use a strong password.
Use a variety of special characters, numbers, alphabets, upper case letters, and down letters in your password. The longer and more complicated it would be better and strong. Try to use a different password for each account.
If any account is supported then use two-factor authentication. Use an application of password manager to get handle your passwords and IDs. Various web browsers such as opera, chrome, and Firefox have a feature to save passwords.