Happy New Year!!
Looking back at 2019, there were countless reports of security breaches, data breaches, and malware.
Hacking has become a cyber pandemic, and everyone is a target!
So, this new year, we are urging our customers to take some extra steps by implementing some new simple habits to protect themselves online. Here are a few handy tips to become digitally secure in 2020:
1 Accepting terms you never read
Never agree to terms and conditions without reading them. In today’s online world we are all guilty of this, giving applications on devices access to our data, pictures, SMS, and contacts. Be cautious in what you are agreeing to!
2 Install updates when they are due
Most devices constantly get reminders that their software needs to be updated, don’t delay and put this off by ticking “Remind Me Later “! The longer you delay, the more you are vulnerable to attackers.
3 Strong passwords
Have different passwords for every account you have, and make sure it is strong. If one of your accounts gets hacked, it could hack all your online accounts, so it is strongly advised to have multiple passwords.
4 Beware of attachments in emails
Many ransomware emails look totally legit, with the proper branding from governments or banks!
Therefore, always be careful about opening attachments and clicking on links given in emails. Investigate the email address they are coming from to make sure it is legit.
5 Free WiFi
Finally, could freebies cost you more than you bargained for?
There are lots of sites offering freebies of different software online today, be cautious about what you download.
When using free public wifi, this network is open to everyone, so there is a high chance of exposing your system to malware. Criminals may be able to view and collect the information you send and receive (passwords, bank details ) when using a free network, so avoid it if possible.
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Michelle Gilmartin – Author