With today's cyber-attacks getting smarter and more sneaky than ever, you need to defend your digital presence.
Now a days every Jack, Harry and Novice Hacker wants a peek into your life. And we make it so easy. We use simple passwords, we never read the privacy settings and we love to make every single thing about our life public.
Having a single password for all your logins might be easy for you to remember, but it makes it easy to break into as well. Rather have a few; one for Secure Logins and the other for social media. Instead for letting your browser remember all your password for you, use a tool to manage your passwords. Attackers target browsers a lot more these days. Cool apps to look at is LastPass or Kaspersky's Password Manager.
Pop-up blockers help a lot if you are a frequent surfer. Clicking on misleading adds these days is so easy. Be vigilant and stay away from "too good to be true" adds. I use a free tool called Ad-Blocker. Donate to fund the cause.
Always keep a watchful eye on the URL's you visit. Spoofing is also a very common way of misleading you onto a site to capture logins. If it smells funny, get out. Many mainstream anti-virus programs do scan the pages you visit, thus investing in one will be a good call.
Do you receive payments with subtitles called PAYNOW! Never in your life, why open it. The main rule when it comes to email and attachments is: If you do not know or suspect an email, rather just delete it or confirm in a new mail if that person did send you any mail at all. Attachments with extensions such as .js or .vbs can start hidden programs or use exploits in a poorly updated systems to infiltrate your PC.
What about Ransomware? Just always have a backup of your most precious info and you should be fine. Ransomware access your PC through exploits or downloadable content and encrypts your info. They then keep your data ransom until you pay. Much easier if your stuff is safely tucked away on an external drive. There are lots of free backup tools to use. Visit EaseUS or VEEAM for free solutions.
So in summary, how do you defend your Cyber self? Easy:
Have a paid for Anti-virus, preferably with Internet protection enabled.
Be vigilant where you click and which sites you visit.
Be careful of suspicious email demanding payment or from a long lost friend.
Always keep a backup of sensitive data.
Never use the same password for Secure logins such as your Bank, as you would for social media or blogs.
Bear with the Windows updates.
Prevention is better than cure. Ransom-attacks are most of the time unstoppable until it is too late. Rather be ready.
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