We are living in an era of a digital revolution, where our data is always vulnerable to potential online attacks and hacking. Ignoring your computer’s security can prove fatal in today’s digital landscape.
In this article, we will mention seven common cybersecurity mistakes you do that put your security at risk and how you can avoid them:
One of the basic protections that you can set for your system is a password. But, we often set too weak or easy to guess passwords that do not create any level of security for our system. According to a study by Preempt, revealed that 35% of LinkedIn profiles have weak passwords which make them more susceptible to getting hacked. To set a strong password, make sure you use a minimum of 12 characters with numbers, symbols, uppercase, and lowercase letters. Try to avoid any dictionary word or a combination of dictionary words.
You Don’t Use a Password Manager
It is not rocket science to understand that your different accounts need different passwords. Setting a single password for all your accounts can prove dangerous for your online security. But, setting strong and different passwords for each account can be exhausting and difficult to remember. You can simplify this process by using a password manager which will help you in managing all of your passwords. A password manager creates, stores, and organizes all your passwords of different platforms.
You Don’t Use Two-Step Verification
Two-step verification acts as an additional layer of security that keeps your accounts more safe and secure. A two-step verification system gets activated when you try to access your accounts from a different device. It sends you an alert about the login on different devices and tries to confirm if it’s you. It sends you a code on the registered mobile number, and once you enter that code, you can access your account.
You Don’t Stay Conscious With Public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi can be a potential threat to your data. Once you connect to any public Wi-Fi, you give access to your personal information. However, you can trust Wi-Fi access at airports, restaurants, hotels, and cafes. Nortan issued a list of tips and tricks which helps you in reducing the risk associated with public Wi-Fi:
● Make sure you increase the security on your device by going into the security settings.
● Make sure you change passwords before and after your travel.
● Update your software and applications.
● Avoid logging into accounts that save private information.
● Don’t access the URL which is not starting with HTTPS.
You Don’t Keep Your Software Updated
Out-of-date software does not provide efficient security to your system. Out-of-date software is a perfect target for cybercriminals to get into your personal information. Although, most of the software has an auto-update feature, sometimes, it needs your permission to perform the update. Apart from security, updating your software can provide various other benefits like enhanced performance and speedy processing.
You Don’t Stay Conscious While Using Social Media
Social media is an excellent platform to share your ideas and thoughts, but sharing critical information on social media can prove fatal. Make sure you check the privacy setting of your social media accounts and don’t share very personal information like job details, photos of your children, and locations.
Check the Details of the Email You Receive
On the internet, cybercriminals try to pretend to be you, and it creates threats like data theft or transmission of the virus on your PC. This type of scam usually happens via emails. Make sure you check the integrity of the sender before clicking on any link or sending any personal information like login credentials or credit card numbers.
Almost every day, we hear some news about online data theft. Hackers are always active and looking for opportunities to steal personal data and misuse it for their gain. By following the tips mentioned above, you can enhance your internet security and protect yourself from these potential online threats.
My name is Alessia Martine. I am a security expert; I have been making the people aware of the security threats. My passion is about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet, and new media. I write for McAfee security products at mcafee.com/activate.