The possibility of security breaches is continually increasing, making it more challenging to manage and protect personal information from possible hackers.
With the advancement of technology, individuals have learned to take advantage of others, making it necessary for all of us to seek out the most effective methods of protecting ourselves and our families. But, unfortunately, it is a complicated and highly vast subject, and it is easy to become overwhelmed.
This requires a shift in our approach to safeguarding our digital selves. With a few moments of awareness and the daily practice of the following steps, you’ll be more secure and feel safer online.
So what are the things you can do to protect your digital self in a few minutes a day? Let’s find out.
Use Two-Factor Authentication:
Also known as “two-step verification”, this additional security feature that you might not be aware of ensures security for your social networking sites accounts such as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and also for your banking systems.
You can enable this feature by visiting the settings feature and selecting the option that says “Two-Factor Authentication.” This will register your computer and send you a text message on the number you saved on that account. This feature is essential for your web security because in case a hacker finds your password, they will still need to have access to the phone to access your account, and that they cannot unless you confirm them access from your phone.
In case of threats of SIM swapping, which is when hackers socially engineer your call service provider into switching your cell service to a SIM card that is in their possession, you can call your cell service provider and ask them to add a 6-8 digit pin to make any change in the service.
Make sure you set a pin that is not easy to guess for the hacker, like your date of birth or initials of your birth name, etc.
Keep your software updated:
Every time your computer alerts you for an update, the best thing is not to ignore this message and update your computer as soon as possible. These update alerts mostly come to you whenever the company gets aware of hackers finding a gap in the software to steal your valuable information.
It is similar for third-party applications too. So, for example, if you are using Java, PDFs, Microsoft Office, Adobe, etc., make sure you keep updating these applications every time you are asked to do so.
Filter what you post online:
Most people who are active online on their social networking site accounts tend to post about every real-time activity. There is no issue with keeping your friends and relatives updated on where you are going and what you eat at that fancy restaurant. Still, virtual attackers can use this information for digital stealth.
The goal is to keep yourself safe and sound from these cyber criminals you might not know online. Keep your posts on custom, the setting that allows you to choose who can see your posts. Making your real-life activities public can give online crooks a chance to barge into your digital privacy.
Use hardware authentication:
It is a security mechanism that grants access to users via a physical device. Hardware authentication is most frequently used to protect sensitive data on computer systems and networks. This is also known as multi-factor authentication.
Read reviews before making an account for a service or application:
Another thing you can do to protect your account is read general public reviews for all the services and applications you feel like installing on a daily basis. If you prefer to register for every second application you come across, it will make you vulnerable online, and there is a big chance of getting hacked.
Use password generators and keeper applications:
It is humanely impossible to remember every password for every application that you use and every social networking site you are active on. Therefore, most of us end up keeping the same two passwords for each application and site that we use, which puts our digital identity in danger.
Applications such as 1Password and Lastpass are responsible for creating complex password alternatives and then securely storing all of your logins behind encryption. This adds an additional degree of security that significantly reduces the likelihood of your account being accessed by others.
Prefer browsers that enable you to browse anonymously:
By their very nature, mobile devices limit your anonymity options on the internet. This can also be a threat to your online security since all of those sites that track your internet activity can give you algorithmic suggestions you do not even need at that time.
However, there are various browsers that can let you surf more anonymously.
Avoid sketchy websites:
Phishers make sites that are identical to the original ones. It is essential to look for red signs while surfing on the internet. Look for secure URLs: the ones that start with HTTPS, ‘S’ being the key letter.
Also, try to avoid directly clicking on any link embedded in an email from an unknown email address. It will most probably be a scam and can steal your valuable data in no time.
The world is now a global village, and it is nearly impossible to avoid its presence. From ordering food to buying and selling, we do almost everything online now. Whether we are contacting an acquaintance or talking to a new online friend, our personal information might be in danger, and the person we are talking to might be a scammer. Therefore to avoid uncalled scams, it is necessary to verify the identity of the person you have a suspicion about.
You can put their name in Nuwber and see what comes up. If you get nothing, then it might be a scammer. Not getting matching information about a person you’re talking to online is also a warning sign.