We all know that how digital our lives are becoming, thus we are getting more exposed to the risks associated with that. All over the world someone or the other is getting hacked, getting their data stolen or exposed every day. And if you think that it is difficult to fool you then think twice: as last year 1 Billion Cyber crime victims were reported.
Here are few tips to protect yourself against the crime and minimize the risks though:
1. Use Multi Factor Authentication
Passwords alone are not safe, let’s be realistic about it. Then how to protect? You need multiple layers of protection and a Multi-Factor Authentication system is the way to do that, so make sure you activate it on all of the platforms where you can. Also, choose a strong authentication technique, it does make a huge difference to how safe your account is. For example –
You can protect your password by using a trusted password generator or simply make sure you have a combination of alphabets, numbers and symbols in the chosen password.
2. Protect Your Wi-Fi: Be Wi-Fi Conscious
Not all Wi-Fi’s are made equal, and especially those free public ones that are so tempting to connect to! I’m not saying don’t connect to those, but just be very careful when using them – because if a network isn’t secure or encrypted, a hacker could be easily watching your every step. This means that if you enter your password to social media or something, they can get hold of that pretty easily. And never, ever, login into your online banking or something very sensitive on networks like that – use your phone’s hotspot if it’s urgent, or wait until you get to safety.
3. Use a trusted anti-virus
Many people believe that there is no use of using an anti-virus but protecting your computer via an anti-virus can actually stop people from hacking into your computer and stealing your information. Investing in a good anti-virus is one of the key steps in ensuring safety from cyber crimes. Also, maintaining and upgrading your anti-virus is crucial.
4. Provide limited access to applications
Yes, it is shocking to know but yaa the application in your phone can even spy on you.
Always remember that you are the who grant the permissions or have control over permissions on your phone – what apps are allowed to access your camera, microphone, photos, files, etc. Only allow those that you will actually use: e.g. your weather app doesn’t need access to your camera and your health app doesn’t need your microphone. Do an audit of these permissions on a regular basis and check if some apps are behaving suspiciously (e.g. running on the background too much or eat up too much of that precious power when you’re not even using it?).
5. Never disclose your confidential details
Most of the people get fraudulent messages that ask them to disclose their bank account details or transfer money to another account in promise of more money. People who aren’t aware of such scams fall prey to them. These messages or people are scams and must be reported to the police or bank authorities. Many times people call and ask for personal details regarding online accounts stating they are from trusted sources such as a bank. Unless you know the person and can authenticate him/her, never give your details.