You might think that the only form of cybercrime you have to worry about is hackers stealing your financial information. But it may not be so simple. There are far more concerns than just basic financial ones. Cybercrime continues to evolve, with new threats surfacing every year.
Keep Everything Updated
More devices than you realize are connected to the internet. Your phone, wi-fi router, printer, and even some refrigerators could potentially pose a threat. One of the simplest ways to avoid being hacked is to consistently update these devices.
By staying up-to-date on the latest software and news surrounding your devices, you’ll not only avoid unwanted bugs and glitches, but you’ll also increase their information security. Software and device developers often build additional security stop-gaps into new updates. If you’re always running the latest versions of software, the likelihood that one of these devices is compromised decreases.
Lock It Down
Strong, secure passwords are easy and effective ways to limit your risks. Long, random and complex passwords make it much more challenging for anyone unwanted to gain access to your data. And use a password manager. There are numerous programs out there that keep track of your long and complex passwords for you, and even generate secure ones for new sites you sign up for. This is a great way to ensure that the vulnerability of your accounts is limited, and even if one site is compromised, ensuring that it’s unlikely others are with it.
Learn The Common Tricks
Laughter may be the best medicine, but education is the best vaccine. The best way to protect yourself from compromise is to learn what kinds of tricks and techniques to retrieve data are out there, and what you can do to avoid and prevent them. Reading the news to stay current will keep you in the loop about what attackers and social engineers are doing.
Phone and email scams continue to be the most common and effective methods social engineers use to get at your data. Be conscientious of the types of phone messages that are typical social engineering schemes. Understand how to make sure links and attachments in emails are safe before you open them. Developing a strong knowledge base around hacking trends is a crucial way for you to not fall victim to attacks.
Reference: FR Secure, Norton Internet Security