In April 2011, information assets of 70 million Sony users underwent leak. Over 2 million patients of 21st Century Oncology fell victims to cyber attack in March 2016. The data of 87 million Facebook users were compromised in 2018.
However, not all users are informed about their data to be compromised as about 70% of big and small companies keep such security breaches under wraps.
The best decision is to prevent cyber security breaches is to make all reasonable precautions beforehand.
Few guidelines are to be followed to keep your info secret when surfing the Internet. A list of these guidelines is presented further as the text goes.
Use Security Tools
There is a great diversity of security apps these days. However, not all are really worth using. Some of them help the government to track users’ activity others spam people with ads.
- VPNs are used to encrypt users’ traffic and make them anonymously online. Read CyberGhost review 2019 to learn more about the app that helped many internet users to be safe online in 2018.
- antivirus programs prevent malicious soft from infecting devices connected to the Internet;
- E2E email services like Proton Mail, for example, deliver ciphered messages disabling third parties from eavesdropping;
- secure browsers make it impossible for snoopers to know what you do online; Google is not recommended to use;
- make it a rule to use a unique password for each account; passkey managers will help to generate and save them;
- the Onion Router serves to make its users anonymous due to the volunteer nodes placed worldwide.
The information you share online might be turned against you. In this respect, it’s vitally important to share it with the authorized persons only. Check if the person you communicate with is who he/she claims to be. In case of any doubt, don’t exchange data with this person.
Never, NEVER share intimate photos through the Internet! Once the picture is sent or posted on the cyberspace, there is no turning back. Such photos can be published on other sites or used to get a ransom. If you don’t want to get into such trap, think twice before sending pictures of this kind.
Always Log out
When using third-party devices, keep in mind to log out your email, social media accounts or any other sites and apps that need logon. The next user might make use of your account to keep track of you in a reverse situation. If you recall about this rule too late, there is one more solution – change your passkey immediately.
On the one hand, public WiFi is very convenient, as people can surf the net whenever they like. But on the other hand, WiFi hotspots are extremely vulnerable to cracks. Thus, when connecting to the Internet through such free hotspots, it’s recommended not to make online transactions or send confidential information. Such data may undergo leak.
Say NO to SMS
As is sometimes the case, users are forced to send an SMS to download a movie or a picture. In common, it is a trap. Such SMS can cost dozens and even thousands of dollars. I bet you’ll find more attractive things to pay for.
Firewall on Computer
Rather than ignoring cybersecurity rules, you’d better follow them all. Here’s another little trick to help you. Use a computer with the Firewall installed to surf the Internet. It reduces the likelihood of a virus to infect your computer or any other gadget used to browse the Internet. Besides, it prevents users from opening malicious websites. Happy you are! Now you know the tips to safeguard your data and privacy!