Last year’s Christmas online shopping period, Cyber Criminals made £13.5 million as a result of online shopping frauds according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. More people expected to be doing online shopping this Christmas due to ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
We’re going to share 6 things that can help protect you against various phishing emails, malware, and other malicious cyber attacks.
- Using Strong and Non-repeated Passwords.
- Saving Passwords in your Browsers.
- Enabling Two-factor Authentications (2FA).
- Keeping Your Devices Updated.
- Backing Up Your Data.
1. Using Strong and Non-repeated Passwords
Be creative and generate a strong password including characters and different data types. Do not use ‘password’ as your password or do not include any personal information such as your date of birth. Because most of your personal information is available on different social media sites so anyone can have a look.
For example, avoid using these types of passwords
How to structure a strong password for yourself?
- Making it longer. Choosing passwords above 15 characters.
- Using a mix of characters. The more you mix your upper-case and lower-case letters with numbers and symbols you’re making it harder for and stronger password against brute force attack to crack it.
- Avoiding common substitutions. Avoid using NAME1337 or NAMEI33L because it requires equal ease to crack them these days.
2. Saving Passwords in your Browsers.
Storing your passwords in browsers means saving them onto password manager or an app on your phone, tablet, or computer that stores your passwords securely, so you won’t have to worry about remembering them all. Most of these password managers synchronize your passwords across your multiple devices that make it easier to log on.
Reusing the same password on different accounts can be dangerous and if a cybercriminal stole one password it can use it across multiple accounts you own and access them. These day’s password managers are built-in installed on your browsers such as Google Chrome or Firefox.
How to secure password managers?
If you’re using standalone password managers or a built-in one it is important to keep the password manager account secure if a cybercriminal got access to all your passwords associated accounts you can lose all your passwords and access.
It is recommended to set up two-factor authentication on the password manager account to keep it secure.
3. Enabling Two-factor Authentications (2FA).
Enabling two-factor authentication will improve the security of your important accounts. Accounts that have 2FA enabled will require an extra security check even if a cyber-criminal knows your password they won’t be able to access your account.
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Two-factor authentication feature provided by many companies these days.
4. Keeping Your Devices Updated.
Cybercriminals can exploit outdated software weaknesses and attack your devices if they are not updated. Software Security updates are pushed to fix these weaknesses and vulnerabilities which can be exploited by cybercriminals to exploit your device and access them remotely.
You’ll often receive a prompt on your computer, smartphone, or tablet to inform you that a software or app is ready to be updated. Don’t ignore this message.
5. Backing Up Your Data.
If your devices are infected with malware or viruses or ransomware which prevents you from accessing your important data. Taking backups of your data means you have another copy of it that can be accessed anytime.
There can be two ways of storing your important data,
- External Storage Hardware
- Cloud Storage
However, using cloud storage services can be beneficial in most cases because you have access to your data all the time and most importantly from anywhere around the globe. You might have heard about high profile cyber-attacks on cloud storage and such celebrities photos were stolen, because they’re not using two-factor authentication service.