Cybersecurity is something that no company and no individual wants compromised. But, the harsh reality is that, despite no one wanting it, many people and companies still end up falling prey to hackers. There are many ways in which hackers can get a forceful entry inside a system. Releasing malware like ransomware and phishing and spear phishing are the ways that they like to use the most. Hence, we have made this guide that’ll give you some of the cybersecurity tips as recommended by cybersecurity experts in order to help you protect your systems and the data stored in them from hackers in any which way possible.
- Password Tips
To begin with, a weak password is the most common online vulnerability that hackers feed on. A password that can be cracked easily is of no use. There are so many ways to make a strong password. Why not use them then? Here’s how you can strengthen and protect yours.
- Make sure that the password is not your name or your date of birth or the name of your pets and parents. It’s too common and too easy to guess.
- Use at least 8 unique characters (12 or more preferred) to make a password. What we mean by unique is a combination of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and symbols.
- Use MFA (multi factor authentication) as a password practice wherever possible. It’s one of the hardest security layers for a hacker to breach since the system requires a lot of info – including your biometrics – before an entry is granted.
- Last, but not the least, everybody has many accounts these days and many accounts mean many passwords. It’s not possible for you to remember all those passwords. So, use a password manager tool to store the password and make sure that it’s encrypted for further protection.
- Patch/Debug The Software that You Use
By patching we mean installing updates whenever they’re released. Everything on the computer is a software – a firewall, your operating system, antivirus, and every other file or tool you use. And every software has bugs. Those bugs are the security loopholes that hackers misuse. So, when an update is released, it means that the software developers have found and fixed some bug(s). Which is why installing those updates will keep your system(s) more safe and secure.
- Miscellaneous Tips
- Don’t click on links coming from unidentified sources.
- Don’t click on links that are flagged by the antivirus you use.
- Use a firewall.
- Practice firebreaking.
- Don’t share your password.
- Don’t use a public Wi-Fi network.
- Always backup important data. If, no matter what you do or not do, your account ever gets hacked, you won’t end up losing it.
As long as you keep the above-mentioned tips while using the web, the chances that hackers will target you are very less.