Another year is getting closer and we are certain that criminals residing online will find new ways to commit their wicked activities. We understand that each individual is vulnerable to cyberattacks, but we could do simple ways to protect ourselves from such crimes, right? At the end of the day, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Yes, we are grateful to the introduction of technology to our lives because we can do most of our chores today easier than 10 or 20 years ago, and we are also more connected to each other. But as technology continues to move forward, cybercriminals are also creating more intricate methods to take advantage of technology and use it for their own benefit.
There’s no exception in cybercrime, anyone could be a victim, be it a country, industry, community, or an individual. Protecting yourself from such evil doings should be your priority. We outlined on the following paragraphs some simple tips on how to be safe online from cybercriminals.
It would be better if you use strong passwords on your accounts. We recommend for you to create passwords with a minimum of eight characters that use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
Your private information should be obviously kept private. Never share that kind of information publicly online. It is also advisable to keep your full name and date of birth private to avoid identity theft. Cybercriminals can use the available information about you online to their advantage. Your social security number, account numbers, and passwords should all be secured and kept private.
It is also worth noting that when you are not using your computer, you should lock it all the time. Not only your own computer but also apply this to your other electronic devices such as your smartphone or tablet.
Locking your computer is not enough because you also need to make sure that you are protecting it very well. We have said this lot of times already but you shouldn’t be opening attachments or clicking links included in the emails from unknown senders. Those might contain viruses that could steal your personal information from your desktop or laptop. You should also steer clear from suspicious free apps that require your personal information before you can log in because they often hide viruses or spam. Before you knew it, the information you provided was already used by cybercriminals to deceive someone.
Apparently, you are not safe on social networking websites because many cybercriminals are lurking there. Own your online presence and always use privacy settings.
If you are interested in doing business online, make sure that you are interacting with a trustworthy seller. Don’t accept the business offers from doubtful individuals. If possible, check their business background. You should only provide your personal or financial information with reputable and established sellers.
Report any suspicious activity to the local authorities. If you have further questions regarding issues on cybercrime such as phishing scams or internet fraud, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We encourage everyone to stay safe online this coming 2017!