As the world becomes more digital, cybersecurity continues to become a bigger issue. Yes, our societies may have become more sophisticated through the use of digital technology, but that doesn’t mean technology has solved all our problems. Last year, there were unprecedented levels of security breaches and attacks, resulting in stricter regulatory mandates. As technology continues to advance, the race to create infrastructure resumes. But in the meantime, what can internet users do to keep themselves safe online? That’s a good question. Here are four things to do to improve your cybersecurity.
Understand you are the target
It’s normal for us to assume hackers aren’t interested in our information. But, they are. Whether you’re an individual or small business, never make the mistake of assuming your information isn’t worth anything to hackers. In reality, half of all cyber attacks target small businesses. Though a hacker would love to attack a large corporation, they’re aware small businesses and individuals are easy targets. Both parties typically do not invest in cybersecurity and will pay ransoms if needed. So, if you’re not a corporation, you are the prime target.
No one wants to put in extra effort when it comes to logging in Facebook, for example. However, laziness is the golden ticket for hackers. Through two-step verification, hackers are not able to access your personal accounts, even if they have your password. Why? Because it takes two steps to gain access to your account. The second step is a code which is sent to your smartphone. It then needs to be entered on the login page before gaining access. In 2019, it’s no longer a recommendation; it’s a must-have security tool.
Get a proxy
Most people don’t know what a proxy server is, let alone rotating proxies. However, proxy servers have taken privacy to a whole other level, drastically improving your security. A proxy server is an intermediary between you and the internet. If you use one, it can act as a firewall and filter, keeping all the bad stuff away from you. In other words, proxy servers allow individuals to roam the internet completely undetected. You’re able to filter web content, anonymously access websites, and bypass filters. With a proxy server, you explore the internet through its backdoor.
Update your anti-virus software
Yes, it’s annoying, and hardly any of us do it, but it’s a necessity. Anti-virus software isn’t a new invention, yet, they’re more important than ever. When you see an anti-virus update on your computer, it’s fixing structural weaknesses and adding new security features to counter common viruses. It’s a simple step that can save your computer from having to be completely wiped out. So, the next time you see an update pop-up on your computer, hit ‘update’ – you’ll be happy you did.
Though technology brings up a lot of good, it also comes with a lot of bad. But, this doesn’t mean you need to deal with it. As long as you take these steps, you’ll be able to protect your computer and the information on it.