Cybersecurity pros are not immune to cyberattacks, but unlike the majority of people, they do take cybersecurity more seriously. After all, it’s their job to be aware of the latest threats!
Data breaches are rife. Even high-profile brands with enormous cybersecurity budgets are not immune to hackers. Equifax hit the headlines in 2017 after it revealed a hack had exposed the data of 143 million people. The Marriot hotel chain was hit by a similar data breach in 2018, which affected 32 million people.
In this article, we have some tips from cybersecurity pros to share with you. Hopefully, you are already on board with some of them, and as for the rest, it’s never too late to protect your personal information online.
#1. Don’t Stick Your Head in the Sand
Living in a pink bubble, certain that your personal data is 100% safe, will not protect you from hackers and other malicious actors.
Anyone who uses the internet is a potential target. From social networking sites to online shopping portals, your data is in demand. So, get real and recognize that it’s a dangerous world out there. To stay safe, you need to be proactive.
#2. Don’t Overshare
We have no control over the methods big businesses use to protect our data, but we do have control over what we choose to share. Adopt a less-is-more approach.
Instead of posting every last detail about your life on public social media channels, lock down your accounts and be very wary of anyone who asks to connect with you.
If you want to go the extra mile, delete your social media accounts and stick to keeping in touch with friends and family the old-fashioned way. Yes, a telephone call is actually a much nicer way to say Happy Birthday!
If you must hand over payment details and personal information to online businesses, don’t tick the box that says: “remember me”. Yes, it’s a pain when you have to re-enter this information each time you use the site, but it is much safer.
#3. Do Set up Two-Step Verification
Always set up two-step verification when it’s available. When you do this, the site will send a verification code to your designated cell phone, which you then key into the log-in page to verify your identity.
This makes a site much safer to use, as hackers can’t access your account without your cell phone present.
#4. Do Monitor Your Personal Information Online
There is a ton of information about us online, floating around on websites all over the internet. Most of us are blissfully unaware of how much sensitive information is out there.
Cyber experts advise us to monitor what’s out there on a regular basis. Sites may share our personal information without our knowledge. Use a people search engines like Nuwber to check what information is held on public databases. You can then remove this information or have it removed with one of the numerous privacy management services like OneRep.
Basic Cybersecurity Awareness 101
Don’t use ridiculously easy passwords to protect your online accounts. Remember, “password” is not a password – it’s an open invitation for all and sundry to access your data at their leisure.
Never open a suspicious attachment in an email, even if you know the sender. Hover over links to see where they go.
We all need to be more protective of our privacy online. By taking a few simple steps and thinking twice before divulging sensitive information, we can protect ourselves more easily. Isn’t that better than dealing with the repercussions of a cyberattack?