The world is evolving at a very fast pace due to the improvements in technology. We are dependent on technology, and we need to develop better online security defenses. Just like locking the door of your house or wearing your seat belt in a car for safety and security, good habits are the foundation of cybersecurity.
Here are some essential habits to help you stay cyber safe;
- Protect your Passwords: On no occasion should you reveal your passwords to anyone. Use different passwords for different accounts. Be sure to make your passwords unique, strong, and long, and use multi-factor authentication wherever possible. Also, don’t let apps and websites remember your passwords.
- Practice safe browsing: just as you would not choose to work through a dangerous road, neighborhoods do not visit hazardous websites. Cybercriminals are aware that we are sometimes tempted by dubious content and may let their guard down when searching for it, making them use catching content as bait. As great as the internet is, it is also scary, and one careless click could expose one's personal data or infect one's device with a virus. Practicing safe browsing will give cybercriminals no chance to get access to your data and device.
- Be careful with what you download: Cybercriminals aim to trick you into downloading malware programs or apps with viruses to steal your information. Be sure to download apps from the software's official website or a well-known website.
- Be careful with what you post: One thing you should know is THE INTERNET NEVER FORGETS. The internet does not have a delete key, so be careful what you post online, as some things can come back to haunt you. Any comment or image you post online may stay online forever even after deleting because people find joy in having records and keeping copies of controversial kinds of stuff with the aim of bringing it up later. So be careful, as there is no way to take back a comment or embarrassing image you wish you had not made.
- Back up Important files: Make sure to store backups in a physically separate location from the original one and test them from time to time. You could save these files on Hard drives, USBs, etc.
- Be careful with people you meet online: Be cautious with who you meet and interact with online. Some people may not be who they claim to be. Fake social media are ways for cybercriminals to get pieces of information on people. Just as you are conscious and careful around people, practice the same online.
- Install Antivirus Software and Keep it up to date: Internet security software may not be able to protect against every threat, but it will detect and remove most malware. Be sure to update your internet security software, as they provide an essential layer of security.
Important note: if it is suspicious, REPORT IT!