Approximately 3.5 billion people’s data safety was compromised in the top two of the 15 world’s largest data breaches. That’s almost half the population on earth. You might easily be one of the 3.5 billion people whose data is out there with hackers, scammers, and fake companies, making you vulnerable to phishing attacks, email and SMS scams, cyber frauds, and more. Maybe you need some cybersecurity tips?
Such data breaches are eye-openers for everyone. Cybersecurity is not just another organizational best practice. If you are surfing the internet, use social media, and share your life online in any way, then it’s time that you pay attention to what’s happening with your data and takes the necessary steps to improve your cybersecurity.
To protect yourself from any data breaches, cyber-attacks, and cyber frauds, here are the top 8 personal cybersecurity tips.
8 Personal Cybersecurity Tips
Keep All Your Apps And Software Updated
One of the easiest ways hackers can attack any device is through outdated software, operating systems, and applications. Such outdated software has bugs, errors, and other vulnerabilities which can easily be exploited by malware or ransomware attacks. Software updates usually have bug fixes and updated security patches to mitigate such attacks.
Keeping your apps and software updated is becoming more crucial since new cyber threats and vulnerabilities are emerging every day.
Here are some precautionary steps you can take to keep everything updated:
- Switch on auto-updates for operating systems and apps for all of your devices
- Check every fortnight for the updates of plugins and extensions of your web browser
- Check if your web browser uses automatic security updates
- Check your privacy settings after every update since new updates can reset settings to default
Secure Your Mobile Devices
For most of our activities, purchase, transactions, and emails, we access our mobile devices. They are literally the extension of ourselves. So, needless to say, they contain more private and important information that we can’t afford to lose.
If you are not using your mobile devices securely or practicing basic security measures, then it’s time you paid attention.