10 Tips To Protect Yourself From Cybercrime
We heavily rely on the internet for everything we do. Whether that’s online banking, online shopping, social media or email, the list is endless! Protecting yourself from cyber criminals is critical to avoid our data and private lives getting into the hands of the wrong people.
It’s important to ensure your software is up to date to avoid any vulnerabilities. Make a habit of frequently checking for software updates.
Regularly change your passwords and make sure they contain a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Having a strong password is key. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
Cover your webcam
Leaving your laptop powered on and webcam uncovered can allow unwanted hackers to spy through your webcam and watch your every move! Buy a webcam cover.
Download with caution
Some downloads may appear legitimate but can often be disguised and as a result you may be infecting your device with malicious malware.
Only use trusted payment sites
Always use a reputable website for payments for example PayPal.
At a glance an email may appear genuine, however if opened or you click on an embedded link it could begin installing a virus on your system without you even knowing.
Always type URLs manually. Never access from a link within an email.
Features such as ‘remember this computer’ can allow hackers to take over your computer.
Secure your network and use a VPN
Connecting to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) gives you security especially when connecting to a public network. You should also change your router admin password at home.
Keep your info private
Never give out your personal information, either online or in person. This includes bank details, passwords, D.O.B, address and phone number etc.
We hope you find these tips useful. You should ensure that your data is securely backed up in multiple locations (e.g a cloud backup and a physical backup). Remember to always take caution and think twice before processing an action on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
If you have any other tips you feel are worth a mention you can comment below!