Cyber-security for all

A very important subject that not all of us are aware about is cyber security. And that shouldn’t be like so, because we are all online, writing our info and sending it out, so, how is it going to improve?

Malwares and cyber-attacks can affect anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are an employee, a self-employed person, the president of the USA or a business owner. If you are that last one, you should look for help if you haven’t been taking care about your business’ data security, by the way.

One of the first things to do is to avoid open/public wi-fi connecting points, as they are not so safe to use and it can make you a victim of an information robbery, such as personal and financial ones.

Next, you have to keep changing your passwords constantly and make them safe. A safe password has capital letters, numbers and is not a word that you can find in the dictionary. Don’t use your last name, a special date or consecutive (nor repetitive) numbers, for example.

Don’t give personal information through and e-mail, since it’s an open gate for mal use to others. It becomes even more dangerous when it is required for someone you don’t actually know, since anyone can impersonate a bank or a sales manager online.

An easy way to know that you are doing safe movements online that implied the use of your bank account or an electronic transaction,  is looking for an ‘s’ at the space of ‘https://’. The ‘s’ goes for safe.

Plus, you can put attention into the way a fraudulent mail is written. For example, the most common titles for them are: ‘Your account is freeze’. ‘We have to confirm your information’. ‘Your credit card has been canceled’. ‘Actualize your info’. It will easily include grammar mistakes and won’t do an exact reference to who requires the info.

And last, but not least, please change the wi-fi password at home. That way, it would be way harder to get an intruder in. Do you have any other tips to be safer online?

 

About the author: Gabriela Dimas