The Internet is both a blessing and a curse for a wide range of users. People value it because it allows them to access droves of information and stay connected with friends and loved ones no matter where they are in the world. It’s a detriment to some because of how much time one can waste on social media sites – not to mention the threat posed by all the people out in the world hoping to commit an act of cybercrime on an unwitting individual.
Unfortunately, there have been many instances of hacking and data theft as a result of improperly secured databases and websites. To ensure that your information is always as safe as possible, follow these tips for the best possible protection.
1. Have varied and complicated passwords
While an individual may have many accounts differing their passwords might seem like a difficult prospect, it’s imperative that every password is unique and contains symbols, numbers and uppercase letters. If a person has a single passphrase for every account from social media to work email, there is a good chance a cybercriminal will exploit that fact and wreak havoc on that person’s life.
As well as having interesting passwords, it’s highly suggested that people change passwords every few months to prevent would-be criminals from accessing sensitive information.
2. Don’t click on strange links, pop ups or advertisements
Malware takes many forms and sometimes it can be hard to discern a legitimate link from a malicious one. While it’s best to avoid coming into contact with any of the previously mentioned malware sources, it’s not always possible to do so. Best practices include being a smart Internet user and thinking before clicking. If something doesn’t look quite right, don’t assume that it is OK.
3. Back up data often
In the event that a computer or device is infected with malware or some other unauthorized third-party software, it’s important to wipe the device and start over with an uninfected copy of the data. This can be achieved by investing in a backup solution that suits the needs of the affected party. Options include cloud backup, online backup and remote backup. Whatever ends up being the best choice, it’s vital to back up often to reduce time lost when recovering from a disaster.