Protecting yourself from online threats

Browsing the web is one of the things we humans like to do the most these days. Almost everything is available online these days including shopping, sharing your updates on social media, your banking, your insurance, your mail (email) and even all your personal files if you have a cloud account. The internet has over the years become a place where so many important things in our lives reside.

With so many important files online, many internet users don’t take the necessary steps even still to keep themselves safe online and don’t protect their devices such as their phones, tablets or pc’s.

There are multiple attacks which can be left online by scammers or other bad individuals which damage your devices or steal your personal data. It is important to be aware of these and what they are so you can take measures to protect yourself:

Being aware of these online threats is important in your own personal and home setting. But it’s also important to be aware of these in your workplace as well, as an online attack can happen in both environments at any time. CISCO has prepared an interesting video which you can watch below and witness how a hacker might implement on online attack in a workplace.

How to protect yourself from these threats online

  1. Get good virus protection software and malware protection: There are internet security companies which offer programs for pc’s, tablets and phones which will protect you against malware, viruses, adware and other dangers online. Some of these can be purchased from popular security software brands such as Norton, Trend Micro or Malwarebytes.
  2. Check the sources of your emails: If you receive an email from someone you know or a company you know but the subject of the email or the text that they wrote has errors, or doesn’t sound like the person you know or the company you know, then it might be fake. If you suspect an email is fake, check the source of the email, what email address it was sent from. If the domain name is not from the company, then it’s likely it’s not from the company or person you know. Don’t click on the links, don’t reply to it, delete it.
  3. Keep your software up to date: Often times system updates which you download for apps or your operating system on your pc, phone or tablet are designed to protect against security breaches, but if you don’t update your device regularly you may leave yourself vulnerable. Updating your devices regularly will protect you against things like Zero Day exploits, or other security vulnerabilities.
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