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Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Cyber Security

Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Cyber Security?

It has been about eight months into 2023, and there are already 87 publicly disclosed data breaches and security incidents, compromising over 146,290,598 accounts. Among all the latest data breaches, the MOVEit attack is considered one of the major ones, as it has compromised more than 200 government agencies and companies in the USA via Microsoft Cloud.

In light of this flurry of security attacks, it is essential to ask this question – are you paying enough attention to your cyber security?

Unfortunately, people seem to be divided on this matter. There are some who are redoubling their efforts to beef up their online security and privacy. While others are simply sweeping the matter under the rug, believing it won’t happen to them.

News Flash: Data breaches can happen to anyone. You don’t have to be a big corporation or a government agency for hackers to target you. Hacking attempts range from something as simple as stealing credit card information and bank details to something as complicated as disrupting business operations and stealing sensitive information from government institutions.

If you have not adopted the following habits, you are not taking cyber security seriously and exposing your confidential information to third parties and hackers.

Using a strong, unique password and regularly changing it

One of the simplest ways to protect your data from hackers and cyber vultures is to create strong passwords for your online accounts. The passwords must not contain easily identifiable information about you. As such, those days are gone when you could use your pet’s name, husband’s name, or the date of your marriage anniversary as your password. These are easily hackable, and your accounts will be wiped clean.

Instead, you must use a password that is unique and cannot be traced back to you. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters to create difficult-to-guess passwords. Of course, remembering such passwords can be a hassle. You can use a reliable password manager for this purpose.

Also, it is essential to keep changing the passwords regularly. And all your online accounts must have a different password.

Enable 2FA

No matter how unique your passwords are, they are vulnerable. Hence, add an extra layer of protection by enabling 2FA on your online accounts.

2FA means two-factor authentication, where you need to provide your account password and also a secret, one-time code sent to your mobile number or email address to log into your account.

The idea is that even if the cyber vultures get your password, they won’t be able to crack the one-time code.

Furthermore, you can enable MFA (multi-factor authentication) if you want to beef up your online security.

Read Also: Importance of Frequent System Updates for Data Security

Use a VPN

VPNs have garnered a lot of traction and interest as one of the best technologies to add to your cybersecurity kitty. VPNs are useful to individuals and businesses wanting to protect their online privacy and security.

What is a VPN? It is a technology that devises an encrypted tunnel between a remote server and the user’s device. Internet traffic passes through this tunnel to keep the data safe. Also, the technology jumbles up the data, so if hackers manage to hack the data, they won’t be able to understand it.

Moreover, VPNs disguise the user’s IP addresses and ensure they can browse the web anonymously. Besides protecting users’ data from hackers, this tool prevents monitoring and tracking from government agencies, advertisers, and even ISPs.

Hence, whenever you want added security, make sure to enable VPN before surfing the web. Also, this tool is a must if you travel a lot and connect to public Wi-Fi networks. These free Wi-Fi networks are unsafe, and if you are accessing sensitive information while connected to such networks, anybody on the same network will be able to access your data.

It is easy to use a VPN. Download and install a VPN app of your choice, sign up, choose the server location you want, and surf on the go.

Please remember to only use paid VPNs because the free ones may do more harm than good. The free services are known to sell customer data to third parties.

Keep apps and software up-to-date

Adopting simple practices can make a huge difference to your online security and privacy. By keeping your apps and software up-to-date, you will access the latest security patches and performance enhancements. Also, these updates come with bug fixes to resolve minor glitches.

Outdated software attracts ransomware or other cyber attacks because they are vulnerable. Hence, always install the latest updates.

Use antivirus software

Antivirus software is known for fighting malicious attacks. These apps are designed to stop malware and other viruses from attacking your system and stealing data. You must use antivirus software from well-known vendors, and it is best to use paid software.

Paid apps come with more features and protections that are not offered by free antivirus apps.

Do not click on emails without verifying the sender

Sometimes, users invite malicious attacks by not being careful. You must educate yourself and be aware of phishing scams and always stay on guard. If you receive emails from unknown senders, do not open the email right away.

Verify the sender. You can quickly perform a Google search if the email has come from a company to verify whether the business exists. If it is from an individual, you can ask your colleagues or friends to verify whose email address it is.

In case you have accidentally opened an email from an unknown sender, never make the mistake of downloading any attachment that might be within the email. You must not click any links or images within the email. These might be carefully laid traps to steal your confidential information.


So, are you practicing the cybersecurity habits mentioned above? If not, you are regularly putting your data at risk. Falling short of taking proper cybersecurity measures can prove to be disastrous if hackers manage to wipe your bank account clean while you are happily relaxing on your sofa, oblivious to what’s happening.

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