Cybersecurity has come about thanks to the massive use that is gradually being made of the Internet. Since always, when some service or technological advance triumphs and many people make good use of it, others do not do it so much.
Cybercriminals take advantage of their computer skills to do as much damage as possible. Whether for their own benefit or for fun, they are capable of extracting all the necessary information from a company or individuals
Nowadays, technological advances make our daily lives easier, allowing us to store important information on the network, cloud or computer. This makes us vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks
Therefore, with these cybersecurity tips, you can reduce the possibility of witnessing a cyberattack to a minimum
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Top 7 Cybersecurity Tips
There are many cybersecurity tips out there, but it’s impossible to follow them all. You have to have a combination of security and productivity, not to waste too much time in carrying out security actions but at the same time, keep everything in order
So, here are the 7 best tips to protect yourself from cybercriminals:
1. Long passwords and change them
The first tip, and possibly one of the most logical, is to set long passwords that are difficult to decrypt. It is recommended that all passwords be longer than 10 characters, using uppercase, lowercase and numbers
You should not use dates or your personal name as a password, it would be easily recognizable
Also, to avoid any problems, you should change your password about every 3 months. This way we will avoid the permanence of a password and that the cybercriminal can decipher it.
2. Do not use a free antivirus
It is not that free antivirus are bad, but as in everything, if you pay a little you will have better features and in this case, better security
At least pay for a basic plan that can protect you and provide some security against minor attacks
You should also keep your antivirus program updated, otherwise, it is like having nothing at all. Having it updated will give you greater reliability and you will be able to count on the new features included in the update
3. Don’t use browser autofill
As I mentioned earlier, technological advances help us in our daily lives. However, cybercriminals use it to their advantage to infiltrate our computers more easily
Saving passwords in browsers is a practice to avoid. The first thing that cybercriminals do when they enter your computer is to acquire the cookies of the browsers where they can easily find the accesses and passwords
4. Two-step verification system
If you want to double your security on social networks or services like Whatsapp, I recommend making use of the so-called “two-step verification” system
It is the extra security that digital services offer you. You can usually find it in Settings > Privacy and/or security > Two-step authentication.
5. No to open Wifi networks, yes to VPNs
If you care about your data, avoid as much as possible the open Wifi networks typical of shopping malls, train stops, airports, parks with wifi, etc
You don’t know what security system they have or who is accessing them; just as you have accessed them, a cybercriminal with the necessary knowledge to enter your computer thanks to the open door you have left open may be accessing them
On the other hand, using a VPN will increase your security. In fact, it is preferable that if you have to make any data transfer, you do it connected to your phone’s data. This can usually be found in Settings > Networks > Personal Hotspot
If what you want is to have total and absolutely secure browsing, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is your best option
6. Password manager
It is true that having a different password for each service is difficult. For this reason, you probably have the same password for Instagram, Facebook or any work tool, for example
This is a serious mistake. Possibly, this is one of the best cybersecurity tips I can give you, use a password manager
With password managers, you can have different passwords and unlock services with a master password. This is like putting a triple security lock on it.
7. Phishing, spam, emails or sms
As a last tip on cybersecurity, I want to talk to you about something that is very basic, but that can happen at any moment of absent-mindedness
I am talking about phishing, a technique used by cybercriminals to make you perform actions with the aim of getting into your computer or to get a virus
Generally, cyber-attacks of this type are carried out by e-mail, making you click on a link containing the virus or making you download a file
Be very careful with suspicious messages that you have not asked to receive.
So much for what I consider to be the best cybersecurity tips. Keeping your business or personal data safe is essential nowadays where everything is stored on the network
I hope these tips have helped you, is there any other that you think is essential, I’ll read you in the comments!
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