October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to review your personal cyber security to protect your data!
Taking preventative measures to protect your data on your electronic devices is crucial. Hackers and viruses are always lurking around, hoping to steal your information, but there are several things you can do to prevent this from happening.
Take a look at these five tips to protect your data:
1. Keep Your Software Up to Date
So simple, yet it makes such a big impact! When you see there is a software update for your devices, be sure to install them sooner rather than later. Software updates are meant to protect you and keep hackers out.
2. Use Anti-Virus Protection
There is various software that has been created to help fight off malicious attacks on your electronic devices. Anti-virus protection software is designed to block malware and other viruses from compromising your data and thus protecting your online safety. Investing in these programs is one of the best ways you can take control of your data protection.
3. Use Extra Strong Passwords
It’s no secret that strong passwords are essential for your online security, but we don’t always take this seriously. Creating unique, long, and random passwords with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols help prevent hackers from getting into your accounts.
4. Avoid Phishing Scams
Scams by hackers to manipulate you into handing over your information are worse than ever. In a phishing scheme, the attacker poses as something or someone else to trick you into handing over your credentials to access personal accounts and data or convincing you to click on a link that then installs ransomware on your device. When it comes to avoiding these scams, remember to:
- Never open emails from people you don’t know.
- Hover over links before clicking them to know what site you will be taken to.
- Be mindful that malicious links can come from your friend’s accounts that have been hacked.
- Always act with a level of suspicion when online.
5. Backup Your Data
Taking the time to regularly backup your data is often overlooked as an essential step to protecting your online security. If hackers or a virus find their way onto your electronics and steal your data, having a backup on another device ensures you still have access to all your important data and documents.
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