CYBER HYGIENE- HEALTHY HABITS AND SOLUTIONS TO KEEP YOUR DATA SECURE
Network Science November 9, 2021
Since the onset of the pandemic, people across the globe have had to rethink how they go about their daily lives. This includes everything from online classes for students to a stable and secure work-from-home infrastructure for professionals.
As businesses, educational institutions, and even governments have moved their operations to cyberspace, the risk of conducting these activities online has also increased. Cybercriminals have also adapted to the pandemic and the massive increase in online activity, which has created new threats and security concerns to be wary of.
Since there has been a lot of awareness around cybersecurity in the month of October, we thought it would be prudent to share some of the most effective ways to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your business secure and protected from malicious entities on the darkweb.
Here are some of the best practices that we advocate to keep yourself secure on a fundamental level:
- Always have a strong password.
As a rule, your password should be easy (for you) to remember and hard (for others) to guess. Maintain a strong password on your email accounts, social media, and net banking portals and change these frequently to ensure they remain secure.
Do not use the same password across multiple accounts, as that could potentially lead to all your logins being compromised.
Where feasible adopt Multi-Factor Authentication on your key applications.
- Verify the authenticity of any portal that requires your credentials.
With Phishing activity at an all-time high, you can never be too sure of the safety of your credentials. Malicious entities have increasingly been creating fake apps and websites to try and capture your login credentials, so it’s always a good idea to exercise caution and validate the URLS before clicking on links or accessing websites.
- Be wary of attachments and URLs.
Your email and SMS are the primary vectors for malicious links, viruses, and other harmful software. When you receive an attachment, link, or login request, always take special care to verify if it is authentic and necessary.
In certain situations, these emails or notifications may be designed to instill a sense of urgency and even mimic your contacts to seem genuine.
- Practice Mobile device hygiene.
Since a large part of our online presence is accessed via our smartphones, tablets, etc., it is increasingly vital for us to be careful while downloading apps or enabling permissions. Ensure that you are only downloading legitimate apps from official portals such as the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
Be careful while granting any application permissions to access, read or send your device data.
- Be Aware and #BeCyberSmart.
Similar to the physical world it starts by staying aware and being vigilant. STOP.THINK.DO ™ is all about taking a moment to check the veracity before we act on anything that may look suspicious or maybe too good to be true. Remember, there is no such thing as a free lunch!
To check out the latest on cyber security awareness, refer to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
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