As the world becomes more digital, the importance of internet security cannot be overlooked. Every day, countless individuals and organizations fall victim to cybercrime, ranging from identity theft to ransomware attacks. We believe it is crucial to follow best practices for internet security to protect yourself and your sensitive information from cyber threats.
Keep your software up-to-date
One of the easiest ways for cybercriminals to exploit vulnerabilities is through outdated software. Ensure that you update your operating system, browser, router and other software programs regularly. Software updates often include security patches and bug fixes that can protect your system from known vulnerabilities.
Use strong and unique passwords
Password protection is still one of the most effective ways to secure your online accounts. Always use strong and unique passwords for all your accounts and do not reuse passwords across multiple accounts. Passwords should be at least eight characters long and include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
Implement two-factor authentication (2FA)
Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts by requiring a second method of authentication in addition to your password. This could be a text message or a biometric factor such as a fingerprint or facial recognition. Enabling 2FA for your accounts can prevent unauthorized access even if your password is compromised.
Be cautious of suspicious emails and links
Phishing emails and links are a common way for cybercriminals to gain access to your sensitive information. Always verify the sender and the content of emails and avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. Be especially careful of emails that ask for personal information, passwords or financial details. When in doubt – reach out to the institution looking for information to verify the validity of the email.
Use antivirus and anti-malware software
Antivirus and anti-malware software can detect and remove malicious software that can compromise your system. Ensure that you have updated and reliable antivirus and anti-malware software installed on your computer and run regular scans to keep your system safe. Intellipop recommends Malwarebytes, which comes with both a free and paid version.
Backup your data
Backing up your data regularly can help you recover important files in the event of a cyber attack or system failure. Store backups in a secure location and test them regularly to ensure that they are functional and up-to-date. There are many free cloud storage options, such as Google Drive, that can let you store data at a separate physical location.
Protect your network
Secure your home or office network by setting up a strong password for your router and/or enabling network encryption to protect your online activities. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks for sensitive activities such as online banking or shopping as they are often unsecured and can be easily accessed by hackers.
If you have any questions about network security, you can always reach Intellipop at 801-851-1770.