Prepare The Right Defence To Cyber Security Threats
With a constantly evolving social and digital world, it pays to be careful by starting with the basic steps to keeps one’s system secure.
The cyber threat landscape is changing rapidly, with older ransomware being replaced by new ones at a breakneck pace. New threats and attack techniques are being launched almost every week. However, like in any other software segment, malware solutions too can survive with constant evolution, and new tools are coming up with new evasion techniques.
Another point to note is that new technologies are leading to new cyber security challenges. For instance, in the case of the Crypt0L0cker ransomware, gaps in the Dropbox architecture were used effectively, thus evading security measures of both Dropbox and a personal computer’s anti-virus solution.
Needless to say, cyber security is a concern not only for enterprises but individuals, families, Government bodies as well as educational institutions. Cyber security threat crimes are also being planned around e-commerce and social media activities of users. Right from the safety of children and family members to financial security, data integrity to confidentiality, being well armed against spam, phishing and other malware is critical.
While at an organizational level, security solutions offer substantial protection, the users too have a responsibility to additionally protect their identities and data from becoming vulnerable to crimes online.
Be Armed: The defence from Cyber Security Threats
Here are some simple and sensible ways to protect your system from cyber security threats:
- Staying up to date: Keep your system, operating system, web browsers and antivirus/antispyware protection up to date. Most leading and authentic software companies keep updating their products with not only new features that improve the user experience but also enhance security features to protect against new viruses. Updating your software will ensure you enjoy these benefits. Use only licensed software to benefit from these updates.
- Spam filters: Use spam filters to prevent receiving unwanted and spurious emails. Do not click on links or open suspicious looking attachments – not only from unknown sources but even friends if the email does not look authentic as their system could be infected. Remember to alert them too.
- Password protection: I guess the most obvious, but never too late to reiterate. The need for a password for multiple operations can be challenging and many end up using intuitive or easy to remember words, dates, and so on as passwords. But this makes it easy for attackers to guess and steal or encrypt content. Strengthen passwords by using a mix of small and capital letters, numbers and special characters.
- Social media: This is a great way to connect with the world in general, and that includes those with malicious intent. Review privacy settings and segregate the personal from the public.
- Back up and review: Periodically review your personal, financial, and credit records and take a backup of critical data regularly.
- Watch Where You Go: On the Internet, it is very easy to stray into a malicious site that may look like the one you prefer, but with just a small change in the spelling or colour. That can make a world of difference to your safety and security. Stay observant – the Internet is not always safe.
- Locked up: Most authenticated sites have a green lock icon at the end of the browser field. If it is red, run.
- Encrypted Site: When buying anything online, do not use your debit card, especially if it is not SSL (secure sockets layer) encrypted. The website should have https: instead of http:. The list is endless, but these are two starting points to watch out for.
- Do not Bare All: Be careful with what you reveal online. Never share passwords, even with the most trusted friends and relatives. Never share banking details and make doubly sure with your service provider in case something looks suspicious.
- Protect with an Antivirus software: Even if you do all the above but do not have the latest version of a reliable antivirus software, everything will come to naught. Antivirus software is developed specifically keeping in mind the current and future threats to your system and is constantly updated. While free antivirus software is available in plenty online, they offer only limited protection. For comprehensive protection that identifies the threats and opts for a solution which ensures your data security and integrity based on your typical usage of the system, you will need to purchase a quality antivirus.
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