The term cyber attack seems as if it is an attack from outer space and we feel that it happens to others but will never happen to us. This complacency can lead to a hacker hacking all your information and using that information to steal funds and even your identity too. Cyber attacks can happen to anyone and the following simple steps will keep you safe from such attacks:
- The first thing that you should do is to change your passwords frequently. You should change at least once a month and if not possible at least once every 90 days. You should not share your passwords and you should not write it down too. Ensure that the password is more than 8 characters and it includes alphabets, numerals and special characters. Never use the same password for different websites and never repeat the same password after a few months.
- Most email accounts and financial institutions like banks use two factor authentications and this is a very good move and you should also try to use two factor authentications wherever possible as it lends an extra layer of security for your data.
- Do threat detection tests regularly. Set up an intrusion detection system if possible. Also get the best anti-virus and not any free anti-virus as it come bundled with malware and compromise your system.
- Ensure that your software is updated regularly. The automatic updates in your system should be checked so that it happens whenever there is a new update. Not just your operating system, even your browser and browser plugins need to be updated regularly so that there are no Trojans that can attack your system.
- Be wary of sharing information on social media. Hackers track the social media space and use the information to contact you and get access to your data. Never give out information such as your password, account details etc. Always use only known and trusted computers for financial transactions. Never use free wifi when you are buying something online or checking your bank account.
- Everyone knows about phishing, websites that seem real but aren’t and if you give away information they can ruin you. There is a new form of phishing known as spear phishing which actually targets you personally. This form of phishing can be very convincing but you should ensure that you do not give away vital information.
- Always back up your data and keep the information in the cloud and in hard disks so that you can get back your life if any hacking occurs. Without backup you will find that getting back on track is really difficult.