Here are the top 10 good cybersecurity practices you need to know. Tune in to find out.
Good Cybersecurity Practices: Top 10
Set up your 2FA
2FA or Two-factor Authentication is a security method where you need to use two of the following three ways to prove your identity:
- Something you know like a password, PIN code, or a pattern.
- Something you have like a hardware token that generates one-time passwords.
- And something you are like your fingerprint, retina scan, or voice recognition.
Always check the sender first, and even then be cautious about clicking on links or opening attachments.
Hackers often send malicious links in emails that look like they come from legitimate services, but redirect to malware sites. If a link or an attachment doesn’t look legit, don’t click on it.
Some people say they have no choice but to share account details with others—for example, their children or their spouse—but this is never a good idea.
All it takes is for you to get hacked for someone else to get access to your information as well, including your personal and financial data.
Keep your devices and apps up-to-date
The same goes for apps that run on your phone and for other software running on your devices like antivirus programs. Always make sure that these are up-to-date too.
Install strong security software for desktops and mobile devices
Antivirus software protects against malware attacks. But hackers often find ways around it by developing new types of malware designed specifically to circumvent security software.
To stay safe from cybercriminals, regularly update the antivirus program.
Use the security settings on your device
All mobile devices come with built-in security features.
Learn how to use them and make sure to enable the security settings when you install apps and access the Internet.
Keep your data backed up regularly
Having a backup of your data means that you can easily restore it if anything happens to your device.
Use the cloud backup service to ensure that your device’s data is securely stored in a remote server.
Only install apps from trusted app stores
You may have to permit an app developer to access sensitive data on your device. So, be sure to thoroughly check the permissions and first read user reviews before installing them.
Know who you’re dealing with online
This means you should be careful about sharing personal data with others.
You should also be wary especially of people who want to know your details right away and those who are overly persistent.
Use a company laptop for remote work if possible
If your company allows you to use a laptop for remote work, you’re better off using the one they provided instead of your device.
The data on your device is more susceptible to attacks from cybercriminals. This is because companies tend to have stricter security measures on their devices.
Cyber attacks are getting more and more sophisticated.
It’s getting even easier for cybercriminals to hack into your devices because they’re becoming so common.
This means you need to be even more vigilant in protecting yourself. The best way to do this is by following the good cybersecurity practices that we’ve discussed in this article.