Online Security: Most of us want a quick answer to the question: "How can I protect myself from online attacks; "
Although an in-depth answer is time consuming, anyone can make their digital life and experience more secure and private by following these two fundamental principles:
- Don't be an easy one target
- Protect that it has "value"
- Keep your systems up to date.
- Use anti-malware software, firewalls and spam filters when possible.
- Use strong and unique passwords (no sharing on sites) and keep the secrets.
- Don't click on any links or attachments sent by email or text!
- Do not install unreliable software or visit unsafe websites.
- Don't share too much personal information and be suspicious of what you get from the internet.
- Use credit card information only on trusted ones websites.
- Keep track of your online activity to detect signs of an attack (eg, track credit reporting, pay attention to malware alerts, etc.), and then act quickly to avoid possible impacts.
- Be prepared for a potential attack and have a response plan (eg, create backups your critical data, have a recovery plan in place, be ready to cancel a broken credit card, know how to change / reset your passwords, etc.).
- Know what is valuable to you in your digital life and protect them. (For example, use multi-factor authentication in your bank accounts, don't mention your date of birth or social security / national insurance numbers, avoid exposing private data of your children etc.)
Online security requires us to always be there for her. We need to stay up-to-date and not make quick and frantic moves when surfing.