Things You Need to Know About Cybersecurity
The do’s and don’ts of cybersecurity are not always cut clear and straightforward. Knowing proper security methods and precautions can help your home or business stay safe while browsing the internet.
The Don’ts of Cybersecurity
Let’s start with the bad and the ugly of cybersecurity first. There are many different things you should not do if you want to protect important information stored on your computer. Your internet network can be hacked and personal information can be leaked if you are not careful.
Keep Your Login Credentials Safe
Whether you’re logging in to your online banking account or logging in to a social media account, your login credentials should not be shared with anyone. Keep this information in a safe place. Some people give their browser, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, permission to store their passwords. Storing passwords can be a gift and a curse. It’s a gift if you have trouble remembering your passwords, but a terrible nightmare and a curse if your computer is hacked for any reason. If your computer is hacked, all the information and items on your computer, including pictures, documents, saved passwords, and more, will be revealed and can be used to obtain a line of credit in your name, and other serious identity theft crimes and more.
Using the Same Password and Username
You don’t want to be predictable in the cyber world. Having the same password and username for all of your accounts, including email, social media, banking, and other accounts make you vulnerable to phishing and other cyber attacks. Try to switch things up by using a few different usernames and passwords for all of your accounts. Make sure both your username and password are easy for you to remember, but hard for someone else to figure out.
Store Passwords on A Public Computer
Saving your password on a public or “shared” computer is not the best of ideas. Maybe you’re at the library and are getting tired of typing your username and password for each login site. Maybe you’re visiting your friend, parents or other relatives or other people and decide to use their computer. These are examples of a shared computer. Any computer that is used by multiple people is a shared computer. Since other people have access to the computer, don’t save your passwords, username, credit or debit card information, and other valuable information on the computer. You will have to enter all of the required information each time a site requires it. It can be time-consuming and a little frustrating, but you’ll be glad you did.
Open Emails from Suspicious Senders
Spotting a hazardous, fake or suspicious email is much easier than you may realize. You don’t have to be tech savvy or a top-notch sleuth to know when something is not right. Emails that are suspicious are often fake. Fake emails are created by people to try to get you to share your personal information. These emails don’t address you personally because they don’t know too much about you. If you get an email from a sender you don’t know or recognize, don’t open the email. if you open the email and then notice it look suspicious, do not open any of the attachments that were sent with the email.
At Home Security Concepts, we know how devastating cybersecurity attacks can be whether the attack is on your home or business network. Cybersecurity is just as important as an alarm for your home or business. Let us help keep your family safe by providing the proper security. It’s never too late to be safe!