Cultivate Self-Defense

Cyber crime is not a new word for most of us. However, netizens continue to risk their identities and become vulnerable to cyber crimes. This includes children as young as one or two. Despite these issues are becoming an urgent problem in the cyber world, there are many who overlook these bad signs and incidents that occur around them. Unknowingly, there are threats lurking behind every face of some Facebook account and are difficult to track even with enough resources.

A number of activists and internet experts have surveyed and have stated that these issues are increasing over the years. It is a pressing situation where even as security is being dispatched; the cyber criminals are also improving their skills at hacking and other trickery. To top it all, the consumers are not very cautious about their online safety and are being subjected to sexual, emotional, physical, and financial abuse. To ensure that the users take up their safety as a responsibility, here are some tips that might help to keep such threats at bay.

 

# 1 Password safety

Passwords are usually the most personal prerogative that a person can have. Set passwords that are strong and unique, but not the obvious. Crete one with a combination of lower and uppercase letters, numbers, symbols and special characters. Do not keep the same passwords for multiple accounts. Change them regularly and do not share any of them with anyone not concerned with you in any way. Use the help of a Password Manager to help you with it. There are many such tools available.

 

# 2 Protect your Devices while Online

While online (or offline), ensure that whatever devices you use, are protected with a trustworthy security software. Update yourself with the latest threats and software that appears in the market.

 

# 3 Manage Network-related Devices

Since most devices are connected with each other, there are high chances that confidential and personal data can be transferred or passed on. So while installing a new network, ensure that the default passwords are changed immediately. Disable any unused devices and set a strong Wi-Fi encryption to prevent anyone else from accessing your devices and network.

 

# 4 Guard yourself against Phishing Activities

No matter how good you are at tracking fake e-mails or websites, there seems to always be someone smarter than you are. Be cautious and double-check your e-mails and links that you receive before clicking on them (especially when you do not know the sender). Many of these emails or links come from sources that are illegal or fake. They appear to be legitimate but may easily gain access to your system or act

# 5 Beware of public Wi-Fi Networks

Be careful while logging in or passing on your personal information to make some expenses through an outside source, like unprotected public Wi-Fi networks. Sharing your personal details and transferring data through unknown devices or unknown networks may make you more vulnerable.

 

Now that you know these simple tips that can be used in your everyday life, make it a point that you will protect yourself from unknown network sources and devices. Refrain from sharing your personal details with unauthorized organizations or individuals. Enjoy your online experiences with a little caution.

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