Tips for Cyber Security: How to Keep Your Data Safe and Secure

With these personal cyber security tips, we are aiming to help our readers become more cyber aware. We developed these security tips from our experience managing millions of security events for businesses and professionals worldwide..

Cyber Security Basics

Cyber Security Basics by Ray Scott, SANS Technology Institute Cyber Security Tips Don’t Share Social Media Passwords (Worried your password may have been leaked?) Get an Avast! Antivirus and Secure Computing Scanner for your desktop and mobile device. If you see this from your friends on social media, what do you do? Gmail apps and chat (in particular Facebook Messenger) may have your credentials at risk. Let others know how to contact you easily through other messaging platforms such as Whatsapp, SMS and Facebook. Secure Your Websites A major feature of a website is the service or mechanism that provides its users access to it. In a web browser, the default mechanism to open a web page is a browser URL such as

Find Out What’s on the Dark Web

In the future, every time you type something on your computer or phone, your personal information will be available to third parties that could be a hacker. One day this information could leak out and reach a broad audience. The Dark Web contains sensitive data and documents from well-known organizations, businesses, and celebrities. It is a network where criminals can sell your information and prevent you from detection. This data and information can be used to spy on you, harass you, stalk you, and even extort you. You might be making yourself an easy target by not being aware of what you are up against. So when you discover that someone has obtained your personal information and has put it on the Dark Web, you need to take action. How do you protect yourself?

Make Your Password Secure

Before you share anything on the Internet, make sure that the people you are sharing with know how to type in a strong password and are not using “12345” for their password. Don’t Use an Unsecure Wi-Fi Connection Stay away from public Wi-Fi networks, even if they are “free” or from your business. Many people still connect to public networks by mistake, so if you accidentally connect to a public Wi-Fi network, it is best to close the browser and change the password from there. Use Two-Factor Authentication Everywhere When you are creating your account on a new website or you are trying to log in to a service that you use regularly, you should set up two-factor authentication to make sure that someone cannot just grab your password from another site and log in to your account.

Beware of Digital Pickpockets

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A few years ago, I encountered my first digital pickpocket. I took some time off from walking around the shop to have a coffee. When I came back, I found my tablet missing. I assumed my keys must have fallen out. So I checked everywhere but the space I usually keep my key ring in, but there was no key ring. I searched everywhere, but my tablet was gone. A few moments later, I saw the pocket of a young man (that I later found out was a street vendor) who was walking away with my tablet. This experience sparked a series of investigations in the security world, including email phishing, android, and bittorrent to track down the thieves. A few months later, my boss came to me with the same warning about digital pickpocketing: It’s not that you’re alone, but many people have been targeted.

Protect Yourself from Phishing

Phishing scams are designed to trick users into revealing personal information or handing over their login information for a site. Phishing scams typically include a message telling users to change their password, provide bank account details, or purchase something online. Phishing scams are designed to trick users into revealing personal information or handing over their login information for a site. Phishing scams typically include a message telling users to change their password, provide bank account details, or purchase something online. Be suspicious of anyone who asks for your personal information. Be suspicious of anyone who asks for your personal information. Don’t click on suspicious links. Look for the lock icon and the padlock icon in the URL bar.

Keep Your Personal Information Private

One of the most important ways to stay safe is to stay informed and educate yourself on the importance of personal cyber security. This is the reason why we created the Secur1ty Advocate Program. We offer regular safety and cyber security awareness seminars that address the needs of companies and professionals alike. Be Busy with Small Activities Make sure that your lifestyle is an attempt to stay secure. Get more involved with safety and cyber security. Unplugged Wi-Fi, security software, never login to random websites, use an antivirus, stay away from unknown devices and other small habits can help keep you safe from cyber threats.

What are the ways I can protect myself?

Secure computers are essential to our personal cyber security. These devices should be virus and malware-free. Use the latest software and most updated operating systems to secure your work computers. Treat your mobile devices like they are valuable data. It is essential to have anti-virus and anti-malware on your mobile devices to protect your data from viruses, malware, and ransomware. Be cautious when it comes to public WiFi. Use private or public WiFi connections for secure internet usage. If you need to do a lot of online work, you might want to consider buying a laptop that has its own wireless network connection. Use security software on your desktop and laptop computers. These software protects you from virus and malware. Make sure to update your software regularly.

What are the consequences if I do not protect myself?

The consequences of not protecting your data are numerous and severe. It is estimated that over half of all identity theft victims are responsible for protecting themselves online. More than half of these victims don’t realize they were targeted until months or years after the fact. In a 2016 study, 52 percent of consumers had experienced fraud in the past two years. In a different study, half of fraud victims didn’t report identity theft to the police for an average of nearly a year. In addition, cyber criminals steal your private and sensitive data and put it on their master databases that are used to target, defraud and extort businesses, large organizations, and consumers.

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The concepts introduced in this article provide a useful starting point for your cyber security discussion and implementation. We hope you can take some time to learn more about how to keep your data safe and secure in this new environment.

It’s not all about ransomware. The truth is that identity theft is very much on the rise, too. On a scale of 1-10, identity theft gets a 5 on average. Some people may have had data stolen by a malicious user, but most have had their information stolen by someone else and used fraudulently. It’s a tricky situation because the issue is that while you had your data stolen, you also thought you were making a purchase from the company that you thought had your credit card information. As a result, you think you will be punished for the fraudulent charge. Make sure you read about ransomware so that you can understand how it works. And remember, as many computers get viruses every year, the chances of getting ransomware aren’t great for you – but the risk is still there.

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