Identity theft, scams, viruses, ransom ware and loss of data are very common as we advance in the digital age. Digital security is becoming a necessity for all Internet users. You have to take good measures to keep yourself and family safe online.
How to protect your files, identity and device online
Keep your smart-phone, tablet and computer clean
Make sure that you have the latest software in your device. Up to date software keeps you updated on security and any new advancements. At all times, your antivirus must be up to date. For Security software to be able to deal with the emerging malware and viruses, it must be up to date itself. All devices including your smartphone require an antivirus. Scan your external devices. This includes USB, they carry viruses and can infect your computer. Enable device external scanning so that, all devices are scanned to avoid infecting your devices.
When online be very savvy
Be careful to identify any dangerous attachments and links. Delete them immediately you doubt them. Cyber criminals compromise your device using attachments and links in emails, posts, advertisements, tweets and SMS’s. If it is too good to be true, block, delete or mark it as junk. Do not open all emails in your mail inbox. Some are scam.
Always check for trusted websites
If you shop or bank online, make sure that the website you are using has secure socket layer security. This is a security that keeps your passwords and all banking information safe.
Beware of phishing
This is a way cyber criminals make legitimate websites to steal users confidential login details. Never at all click on request to save your password unless you have requested it.
Beware of public Wi-Fi Hotspots
Adjust security of your device when it comes to accessing public networks. Let it be able to automatically detect and adjust when connecting different networks. Let your Wi-Fi be turned off in public places if you are not using it.
Keep your personal information safe
Use a complex password. Avoid using generic passwords. Make it complex with a combination of lower and upper case characters, symbols and numbers. If you have it is difficult to remember, use a secure password manager to keep track. Opt for two step verification. This makes it difficult to access your presence online. If by nay chance a cyber-criminal acquired your password, they will not be able to log in if they do not have the other accounts for the device in use.
Make sure that all your videos, photos, documents and any other digital information is backed up.