How to protect yourself online?
Strange text messages about extra payment for the package, obtaining confidential data, fake websites. Cybercriminals are not idle and set traps for us at every step. How to stay safe online? How to increase your vigilance and not be fooled? Check out how to avoid online threats .
Don't give in to cybercriminals!
Since you happily use the Internet to do everyday things, you must also be aware that the web is not only carefree surfing on your favorite websites, a whole range of amenities and cool opportunities, but also many threats. It is worth knowing what dangers are associated with, for example, downloading software from shady servers or replying to suspicious e-mails. At Sapsan, we've recently noticed a growing interest in books about cybersecurity and online security in general . However, the lack of any protection on the Internet often results from the fact that people do not know how to protect their own data in an appropriate way. Antivirus alone is not a solution here. So what to do? What should you do to protect your privacy online ?
How to protect your data online ?
Phishing and skimming , unfortunately, happens to the average Kowalski more and more often. So what should effective online protection consist of ? First of all, remember that no self-respecting website is likely to send you an e-mail asking you to visit and log in to the site. So don't open every hyperlink directly from the email you receive! Also, do not send your personal data by e-mail (especially forms contained in the e-mail). Also, make sure to update your system and software regularly.
How to increase your online security ?
Do not trust hotspots and pay attention to the HTTPS protocol
A visit to a cafe or a shopping mall and you are already tempted by public Wi-Fi. Don't trust hotspots. These types of networks are very attractive to thieves who are patiently waiting for a clever and easy interception of your data. Don't think about using public Wi-Fi on old devices like Windows XP. Such systems are no longer supported for updates and breaking into them is a matter of seconds. The full list of exploits (vulnerabilities) can be seen on this page . Also remember that banks and financial institutions use the HTTPS protocol where logging into the system is required. The website address should start with "https://". If there is no “s” at the end, i.e. you see “http://”, then a warning light should go off in your head right away. There is no question of online security then . It is also best to report such a fact to the website administrators and not provide any data on this type of website.
Bet on authentication keys
Recent stories of theft of Facebook and Instagram accounts clearly show that online privacy is at stake and sometimes even if someone has two-factor authentication set up, it may not be enough . If you want to have an additional form of protection against phishing attacks and secure the login process (e.g. to Facebook or other websites, i.e. a Gmail account), then it is worth thinking about buying U2F keys .
Delete old accounts
If you're wondering how to stay safe online , don't forget to get rid of accounts you haven't used in a long time. It will also protect your data against leakage to undesirable persons. After all, someone can take over your old account and post content on it. Delete accounts on social networking sites. The same applies to e-mail. If you have changed your e-mail address, it is best to delete the old one.
Use your rights
Remember that in accordance with the GDPR, you have the right to ask any company for the data it holds about you. You have the right to request the immediate removal of some of them. And online, you'll find a lot of legal advice from online data protection specialists.
Don't move important documents to the cloud
Google Drives, Dropboxes and Clouds are tempting and extremely convenient options. However, use it with some discretion. Do not place scans of important documents or private photos there. Clouds also often fall victim to hacker attacks. If possible, set up two-step verification there and password protect documents before sending.
Strengthen your online security every step of the way. Make it a habit. And if you have any questions or concerns about cybersecurity, we're here to help. Talk to me!