*Looking to sink your teeth into some good security tips you can actually
Today’s collection of action-ready cyber security advice might be just what
There are no less than 131 ways in which you can improve your online safetyand
they’re all FREE to use and apply.
You’ll be surprised of the things you can do to better secure your data!
All it takes is spending some time reading the right things and adjusting a
Applying these security tips feels just as good as digging into a plate of
hot, fluffy, syrupy pancakes. Seriously, you have to try it!
Cyber Security Tip #1: How to be realistic about your online presence
Understand that you’re an attractive target for cyber criminals.
If you have money (doesn’t matter how much), data (usernames, passwords,
documents, emails, etc.) or a place to work, you’re going to be targeted.
It’s not even personal, as cyber criminals automate most of their attacks.
Don’t ever say “it can’t happen to me.”
Cyber Security Tip #2: The basics of safe online shopping
Online shopping safety: never do it from a device that isn’t yours or on a
network you don’t own.
Your data could be copied and harvested by cyber criminals.
Make sure you’re the only one spending your money by:
- Using safe network
- Employing strong passwords (password managers FTW!)
- Being careful about which websites you shop at
- Never saving your card details in an online account
- Verifying your transactions weekly to make sure there’s nothing fishy
Want more tips? Get them here:
the Actionable Tips You Need to Safely Shop Online
Cyber Security Tip #3: Should you plug that in?
Careful on what you plug into your computer.
Never use a USB whose source you don’t know! It can be infected with
malware that can even resist formatting.
Don’t let curiosity get the best of you.
Cyber Security Tip #4: Who’s that friend request from?
Facebook friends or foes?
Cyber criminals often create fake profiles to befriend you. The ultimate
goal is to get you to leak confidential data to them (either about you or
the company you work for). Be careful of the friend requests you accept.
Trust no Facebook friend (unless you know them in real life and you’re
absolutely, positively sure they can be trusted).
Cyber Security Tip #5: How to protect your passwords in real life
Who’s looking over your shoulder?
*Did you know that bystanders or co-workers can steal your passwords only
by peeking at what you’re typing?*
This is especially true is your passwords are as easy as 123456 (please
change them if it’s the case).
Take a look around and make sure everything’s safe before typing a
password. Also: NEVER share your passwords. Ever.
Cyber Security Tip #6: You still need antivirus (yes, really)
Get protection for your connection!
Do a bit of research and choose an antivirus you trust.
Paid is better than free.
Antivirus is still very necessary, so don’t skip it.
How to do it:
https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/what-is-the-best-antivirus/What Is the
Best Antivirus for My PC? A Step-By-Step Research Guide
Cyber Security Tip #7: Get your 2-FA on
Use 2-factor authentication everywhere you can.
Set it up to receive authentication codes via sms or on an authenticator
Moar layers = moar securiteh!
How to do it:
You Should Start Using Two-Factor Authentication Now
Cyber Security Tip #8: Keep it in check
Check your bank statements on a weekly basis (your online banking can help
you do that easily).
Look for suspicious activity and, if any, alert your bank, change all
passwords related to that account and make sure to activate every security
just around the corner.
Cyber Security Tip #9: Lock it up
Never leave your laptop/smartphone/tablet unlocked while you’re away.
Don’t make it so easy for anyone to get into your system.
Set up a password for your account asap (it’ll only take 2-3 minutes).
Cyber Security Tip #10: How to protect what matters
Prioritize your most sensitive accounts.
Here’s a quick list:
- Online banking / Paypal
- Amazon / other ecommerce website you use
- Any account where you’ve put in your card details
- Any account that has sensitive info (social security number, address,
phone no., etc.).
Secure them with strong passwords + two-factor authentication.
Make it as difficult as possible for anyone other than yourself to access
Be a cyber security ninja!
Cyber Security Tip #11: Cleaning out your closet
Here’s a tip that applies to both your wardrobe and your apps: if you
haven’t used it in the past 6 months, it should go.
Clean out old apps
don’t use to get rid of vulnerabilities that cyber criminals can exploit.
Keep it fresh!
Cyber Security Tip #12: A cure for your Internet addiction
How badly do you need to use someone else’s computer?
You can never know if someone else’s computer is infected with malware, has
a keylogger (that tracks and stores everything you type on the keyboard) or
is simply unsafe.
Stick to your own devices as much as possible.
Cyber Security Tip #13: Trace your digital steps
Do an inventory of your digital footprint.
Step 1: Make a list of online accounts.
Step 2: Set strong passwords for them. All of them.
Step 3: Delete the accounts you haven’t used in the past 6 months.
Decluttering feels goooood!
Cyber Security Tip #14: Why paranoia can be good
It’s okay to be (a little) paranoid.
Being aware of what’s going on, online and offline, can help you keep safe
Simple rules to live by online:
If it sounds/looks too good to be true, it’s probably not true.
If it looks fishy, better stay away.
If someone asks for your confidential data, don’t give it to them.
In small doses, paranoia is a good thing.
Cyber Security Tip #15: Ulterior motives
Linkedin recruiter or attacker in disguise?
Cyber criminals often create fake Linkedin profiles to gain access to
details about you that they can use later. They collect data about your
studies, names of employers and connections, etc.
Check out their profiles before accepting their connection request. Warning
signs to look for:
- too little, generic info
- picture that looks like stock photography
- Very few connections.
Cyber Security Tip #16: How to automate software updates for free
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Rule of thumb: keep your operating system and your applications up to date.
All. The. Time. No exceptions!
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Cyber Security Tip #17: Beef up your passwords
One of the key pieces of advice that all cyber security specialists give is
so simple it’ll blow your mind:
Never, ever (ever, ever, ever!) reuse passwords!
And don’t think that choosing “password123” and “passwords1234” means
you’re doing it right.
This is what a good password looks like (but don’t use this one):
Online password generator:
Check your passwords’ strength: https://howsecureismypassword.net/
Can’t remember them? (Of course you can’t. I can’t either.) Use a
Cyber Security Tip #18: Be wary of social engineering
Social engineering is quite big with cyber criminals.
What it is: a type of psychological manipulation to get people to bypass
normal security procedures or divulge confidential information.
How it can happen:
- At home: someone pretending to be from your bank can call to ask you
for your online banking password via a link provided by that person. Your
password could be harvested and then used to empty your account.
- In the workplace: a contractor your company works with asks for
private company information that grants access into your system.
In both cases, you answer should be a big, fat NO. Check with your boss and
double check info directly with any company/institution before providing
any confidential info.
Cyber Security Tip #19: Ransomware 101
Ransomware is one of the biggest cyber threats out there. What it does is
it encrypts ALL your data and locks you out. It also asks for a ransom,
typically between $200 and $500, to give you de decryption key.
To protect yourself against ransomware, do this:
- Do frequent data backups (in multiple locations)
- Don’t keep vital information only on your computer
- Never access .zip attachments in e-mails from unknown senders
- Don’t click links in e-mails from unknown senders
- Keep your OS and apps up to date at all times
- Use a reliable antivirus
- Add another layer of security with a product that protects you from
attacks that antivirus can’t block (Heimdal PRO
https://heimdalsecurity.com/en/products/heimdal-pro is an option).
Wanna know more? Check out this
Cyber Security Tip #20: Too good to be hacked
A lot of people think:
“I don’t need security programs because I don’t access unsafe locations.”
First of all, even legit websites can be compromised.
Second of all, there are plenty of attacks that happen without user action
(aka clicking on something, downloading data, etc.) – they’re called
Third, even if you were a cyber security expert, there are still plenty of
vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit to get to you.
To be safe online is quite similar to driving your car. You may have common
sense and pay attention to potential dangers, *but can you always predict
what others are doing around you, in traffic?*
Don’t think you’re too good to be hacked. You’re not. No one is. (Sorry to
burst your bubble there.)
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