As time progresses, so does the amount of our life and business that we conduct online. While technology is amazing at allowing us to stay instantly connected, the more our online presence, the greater the risk of having our information compromised.
When it comes to reducing your risk online, there is no guaranteed, fool proof solution however, there are things you can do to reduce your risk including:
- Visit secure websites
- Use anti-malware software
- Use strong and different passwords
- Two-part authentication
- Be aware of what you click on and download
- Avoid social media contests
- Monitor data leakage
Visit Secure Websites
Most web browsers will show a green icon in the URL address bar when you are on a secure website. If the website you are viewing is not secure, then avoid it. When browsing or doing business online ensure the website starts with https. The “S” on the end is important as it means the website is secure and safe to use.
Use Anti-Malware Software
When choosing which anti-virus software to install on your device, ensure it also scans and prevents malware plus always keep your security software up to date with the latest versions.
Use Strong And Different Passwords
Choose passwords that are strong and include a range of lower and upper case letters, numbers and symbols. Avoid having the same password for multiple log ins and never use obvious names that hackers could easily identify. Consider using password management software eg Lastpass, 1password, dashlane etc
Two-part authentication is an electronic authentication method that requires a user to present two or more pieces of evidence before being able to access a website or application. This means even if someone knows your password, they will not be able to gain access.
Be Aware of What You Click on and Download
There are many ways hackers attempt to trick users into clicking on links or downloading content. If you receive an email or message that asks you to follow a link and you are unsure if it is legitimate, avoid clicking on it.
Avoid Social Media Contests
Many social media contests are scammers ways of trying to decipher your passwords. Avoid social media contests that ask you to disclose information about yourself. There are many sneaky and clever ways that scammers try to get information out of you.
Monitor Data Leakage
Data leakage is when your data is transmitted to an external destination or recipient without your authorisation. Data leakage threats usually occur electronically or physically via the web and email and can also occur via mobile data storage devices.
Want to ensure your IT security is up to date? David at KCR IT Solution can ensure your computer and device security is current on your computer and devices
When it comes to your security online, there are numerous options available. To understand the many options available to ensure you get what is right for you, speak to David at KCR IT Solutions.
David provides a range of services for both personal and business IT needs.
Call David today on 08 6197 7026.