PROTECTING YOUR DATA
The risks are clear, but you can take simple actions to protect yourself online:
ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR FILES
When malware erases files from your device or network, those files are often unrecoverable. So, ensure files are always securely saved on a file hosting site such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive etc .
KEEP SOFTWARE UP-TO-DATE
Does your computer or smartphone notify you when you need a software update? As cumbersome as they may seem, updates protect against potential security breaches by addressing vulnerabilities. The next time you get a notification, install the update as soon as possible.
USE STRONG PASSWORD
Account passwords serve as the first line of defence against fraud. Don’t hand the keys to hackers by using easy-to-guess passwords – or the same password for multiple accounts.
Keep reading below for our Essentials password tips…
ENABLE MULTIFACTOR aUTHENTIFICATION
Multifactor authentication (MFA) allows you to protect your data through various layers. Instead of merely protecting your account with a password, you also obtain verification through your smartphone. So, even if someone obtains your password, they still won’t be able to access the account without also having access to your phone or email.
CHECK THE SOURCE
Malicious links are one of the most common ways hackers manipulate victims into downloading malware. Cybercriminals disguise their intent by posing as a friend, trusted business, or new opportunity.
Check URL SECURITY
A quick, simple way to tell whether a website you’re visiting is secure is to check its digital certificate. A certificate, issued by a trusted third party, confirms a website’s contents are encrypted and protected from outsiders as you visit the site. That ensures a secure information exchange between you and the website.
We’ll show you how to do this below.
Check THE sOURCE
In the movies, hackers spend hours trying to guess the password to hack into a supposedly supersecure database. They have that EUREKA! moment, tap away at the keyboard and… a green tick flashes up on the screen and they’re in.
In reality, hackers prefer that you give them your details or download their viruses onto your devices. It’s so much easier for them if you do the hard work.
They clone the website of a brand that you trust or mock up an urgent email or text message purporting to be from your bank, mobile or utility bill, or send urgent message from your boss, parent or children asking you to download a file or send money.
So what can you do to protect yourself from these scams? Here are our top tips:
Check THE URL SECURITY
How can you tell, at a glance, whether a website is secure?
Before you start thinking that this is something only web developers can spot, think again. There are two easy-to-spot things that will tell you that the site you’re on is safe: