Cybersecurity is very important in this day in age. A lot of information is stored on computers and online accounts. Make sure that you are practicing safe cyber practices to ensure that your information isn’t stolen. Below are 10 cybersecurity practices to help you safely navigate the web:
1. Use secure passwords
A good method to use when making a password is to have it be 6-10 characters long and include at least 1 number, 1 uppercase letter, and 1 symbol.
2. Don’t reuse passwords
This is a very common mistake that people make. Ensure you don’t use the same password for other accounts; it makes it easier for a hacker to get into all of your accounts.
3. Avoid using passwords that are easy to guess
In an effort to make your password easy to remember, make sure you’re not making it easy for others to guess. Avoid using pet’s names, kids’ names, birthdays, etc.
4. Avoid saving account information in web browsers or browser extensions.
You’ve probably logged into an account and it’s asked you if you would like to save your information, or perhaps you’ve been banking online and the website asks if you want to save your credit card information. You should avoid doing both of these things.
5. Be cautious when opening emails
Fake email accounts are everywhere trying to get access to your computer. Before even opening the email check who’s sending it. If you don’t recognize the sender’s email, either delete it or mark it as spam.
6. Backup your data
Just in case your computer does get compromised it’s a good idea to have all your files backed up.
7. Keep software, programs, and applications up to date
Often times when a program is getting updated it is getting better security. If there are programs you don’t use, delete them; then you won’t have to worry about keeping them updated.
8. Secure your Wi-Fi
Ensure that your Wi-Fi network is encrypted, secure, and hidden. Avoid using public Wi-Fi spots.
9. Install antivirus and antispyware onto your computer
This may seem a little obvious, but many people actually forget about this. Installing antivirus software on your computer can save you a lot of hassle in the long run and can help prevent other people or scammers from hacking into your computer.
10. Avoid sending sensitive information over email
If you have to send information over email make sure that it’s encrypted or password protected.
If you follow these simple tips on what to avoid and other safe practices, you’re helping better secure your information.