The rate at which the world is digitized, Virtually everything can now be done through the computer online. You can shop online with your financial details, consult online doctors with some of your important details as well, attend online classes and so on. And as all these are increasing, the rate of cyber threats and other computer related crimes are on the rise. But the good side of it is that majority of these cyberattacks are avoidable taking the right precautions.
There are a quite number of precautions you can take to maintain the cyber security of your infrastructure but I will be talking about just eight in this write up.
This is the number one thing that should be at the back of your mind-be extra careful with your password. Always make use of strong password making use of alpha-numeric characters with special characters and upper cases if possible. Protect your password and use different passwords on different accounts. If your password is revealed on a particular website, hackers can use it to try some of your accounts on other websites.
Some of the times, you receive email with attachments from unknown sources. And most times, these attachments contain viruses, computer worms or Trojan programs. As long as you are not familiar with the sender it is better you avoid downloading such attachments and you can as well block the sender.
Putting your privacy settings on will make you to be in control of your information. Some companies by default have it on but some want to get some of your personal details for marketing purposes and you might not even know. Make it a rule to always check the privacy settings of any social media platform or any website that involve you entering your personal information.
Make it a point of duty to always scan your computer with updated antivirus so as to take care of new cyber security threats. You can as well set a regular scanning scheduling of the computer.
Some phishing scammers operate by sending out innocent-looking mails with links that could expose your personal details. Some will even come in the form of lottery won. When you get such mails, just delete them.
Whenever you visit a site and its URL is having "HTTP" and not "HTTPS," close it immediately if it involves you entering your information on it because it is not secured.
When you shopping sites, there should a closed padlock sign at the address bar portion of that site. This is an indication that it is a secured site. Whenever the sign is missing, it is an indication that your information could be used by scammers.
Avoid downloading any software from any source online. Some of these cyber thieves use this means to have access to your computer when you download some of these software.