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5 Ways to Protect Yourself From a Cyber-Attack

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From a Cyber-Attack

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A cyber-attack can happen to anyone or any business therefore we want to share some ways for you to keep yourself and your personal information secure. A cyber-attack is likely to happen to every one in four people and the statistic is far higher than any other kind of crime. Therefore, we want to share with you 5 simple things you can do to protect yourself today! 

 
1.Chose a Strong Password & Use Multifactorial Authentication

Choosing a strong password can help prevent a cyber-attack from taking place because it means hackers will have a harder time breaking into your accounts. As a rule, you should use three random words for each password e.g. cheese, beach and flag. In addition to this, you should try and use a mix of numbers or special characters wherever possible to ensure maximum protection.

If you would like further information on how to set a strong password for yourself, learn more from the National Cyber Security Centre. The article below will tell you everything you need to know!

Password policy: updating your approach – NCSC.GOV.UK

There is a range of words that should not be added to your password because they will mean something to you and it is highly likely people can find them all online just by looking through your profiles. The words you should not include in your password are:

  • Your name
  • Your birthday
  • Where you live & Address
  • Family names
  • Pet names
  • A interest e.g. guitar or name of a football club

Another tip is that you should never use the same password for all of your accounts; this can give a hacker access to everything you own or do. Therefore, you should look into trusted password managers which can store your secure passwords for you. This will mean you don’t have to remember them all yourself and can automatically log in to everything you need.

Multi-factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication is an extra method of protection that can help keep your accounts and devices safe. Mult-factor authentication is a method of adding an extra logging in protocol such as having a pin sent to your phone for you to enter along with your password. Many sites offer this for extra security, and it is worth putting in the time to do this. A huge benefit of Multi-factor Authentication is that it can prevent almost 100% of hackers.


2.Updating Software & Anti-virus

Ensure whenever an update becomes available for your device, software or anti-virus, that you complete it as soon as possible. Updates are made because the developer has found weak spots within their device, software or antivirus and wants to make it more resilient and efficient. If you do not update your IT as soon as it becomes available to do so, then you are putting your information at risk. Hackers will look for weaknesses in order to exploit your devices which means they could access anything.

Updates of any kind will include security patches that will fix the weak spots of your IT. This will make it harder for hackers to place a cyber-attack on you and exploit your personal information. You can set updates to take place automatically which can help take the pressure off you from having to update it manually regularly. Another benefit of anti-virus is that it will alert you if a website or ad looks suspicious and will prevent you from entering that particular site.


3. Use Trusted Wi-Fi and VPN

Only use trusted Wi-Fi from work or your personal router because public and free Wi-Fi is unsecure and can leave you vulnerable to a cyber-attack. The reason for this is, that hackers are able to eavesdrop on what you are doing on your devices when you use public wi-fi; this means they can access all your details. Once they have all your details, they can commit fraud or take over personal accounts. However, if you can only access public Wi-Fi there is a method to keep you safe from hackers; you should invest in a VPN.

VPN

A VPN is a virtual private network that will protect your device from being eavesdropped on by potential cyber criminals; eavesdropping means that cybercriminals can see everything you are doing whilst using your device. This means you are less likely to be a victim of a cyber-attack because everything is kept private. With a VPN all activity is encrypted therefore no one is able to track what you are doing or any of your personal details. This is worth setting up on all devices you have, to ensure maximum protection. Using VPN will give you the freedom to work from anywhere without worrying about the chance of a cyber attack.


4.Don’t Give Out Personal Details

When using social media accounts or emails be wary of what you are sending to people. If an account was to get hacked, then the hacker could have access to everything you send. You should find more secure ways of sharing personal details if there is ever a need to; however, we recommend that personal details shouldn’t be shared with anyone. It would be wise to smart to share personal details in person because this means no other person can find them.

Also, be wary of what you are posting online because this could provide hackers with all the information, they need to create a cyber-attack. It can be easy for them to find your name, birthday, address, family and other information with just a few clicks through your social media. Therefore, we recommend not doing any of the following:

  • Sharing your address or photos with your address in
  • Don’t share bank details over messages
  • Don’t give out personal details to anyone you don’t know
  • Don’t give out personal details because someone promises to give you something for free


5.Be Wary of Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are the most common method of cyber-attack, in which all of your details can be stolen. The cyber attacker will impersonate well known and trusted businesses in order to get your details. This is mainly done through texts and emails; where the attacker will attach a link asking you to fill in your information.

Don’t click any links from suspicious texts and emails; it is highly likely that if there was an issue from a business, they would be clear about what they need from you and the issue at hand. They would not be asking and pressuring you for personal details through messages and emails. As a general rule lookout for the following, if you think a cybercriminal is attempting to attack you:

  • Bad spelling
  • Bad grammar
  • A sense of urgency
  • Texts during unsociable hours
  • Texts with links
  • Bad punctuation

Following all these tips will ensure you are using best practice when using your devices. It is important to protect your personal details because it can be very difficult to undo the damage from a cyber attack.

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