So, you’ve installed an antivirus application and feel that this will guarantee you online safety? Unfortunately, you need much more. With the cyber-threats constantly increasing you must remain on guard in order to be on the safe side.
You need to make sure that you are not making any of the 7 deadly Internet Security mistakes reported below:
1) Leaving your Wi-Fi open
Leaving your Wi-Fi connection with no secure password may result in having your Internet activity monitored by hackers. It will be easier for them to get access to your email activity, web banking or chatting. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to do this on your own. Simply contact your Internet Service Provider and they will help you.
2) Trusting unknown emails
It is a bad practice to click on links or even download attachments sent from unknown senders. Mails of this type are most probably infected and can eventually harm your machine.
If you receive any emails requesting some kind of urgent action from your side or talking about money or requesting from you to click on links, then proceed with instant deletion. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the sender may appear to be your bank or an online store that you usually shop from.
3) Downloading freeware apps
Freeware are used by hackers as a medium to hack your system. How can you identify a potentially malicious freeware program? You should look for the publisher information at the properties of the application. If it’s not a verified publisher, then the application may contain malicious code aiming to steal your personal information.
It is necessary to install software that has been issued by a verified publisher while also make an online research about the app prior to downloading it. Look for user reviews and ratings as they will help you locate trusted applications.
4) Using outdated software
Some users do not perform regular updates of the programs they have installed or even set the windows updates process to automatic and all that results to facing high risk in getting hacked. Attackers can easily exploit vulnerabilities that appear on an unpatched system.
Make sure that your Windows Update option is set to automatic and that you are running the latest available version of the applications that you have installed on your machine.
5) Using same password for various systems
Using the same password for every system is a serious risk as if hackers manage to hack your password, they will practically have access to any other system for which you have set the same password.
Just pick a unique password for every online account that you have, using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters to create it.
6) Not making use of two-factor authentication
Another serious mistake you might be making is to not make use of the two-factor authentication method wherever it is applicable. This method of authentication will keep your account protected even in the event of having your password stolen as for the access request to be granted, the user has to enter the passcode that was sent to the mobile phone via SMS.
Don’t forget to activate the two-factor authentication process for all your online accounts.
7) Oversharing information online
You might be urged to share personal information like your home or work address, vacation plans etc. Sharing this type of information can make you vulnerable to cyber criminals who will make use of any type of information they can gather for stealing your personal identity.
Don’t publish any personal and sensitive information online as this can get you into trouble.