cybersecurityThere are two main reasons people get hacked. Software flaws and human behavior are two of the main reasons people get hacked. There isn’t much you can do to fix coding flaws. However, there are things you can do to change your behavior and bad habits to improve your cybersecurity.

Ask Donald Trump, the former US president, whose password on Twitter was “maga2020!” Boris Johnson, who disclosed details about sensitive Zoom calls during the 2020 pandemic. These world leaders will also have received security training from agencies.

Even though the stakes may not be as high, the risks are equally real for everyone. Your credit card and private messages, as well as your photographs and photos could all be stolen if your accounts aren’t adequately protected. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to determine if your accounts were hacked. It’s better to take steps to reduce the risk of being hacked. Here are some ways you can protect yourself.

Cybersecurity Tips

Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is the best way to protect your online accounts. This method requires a second piece of information, often a code sent by SMS or an app. It is used in conjunction with a password.

This second piece of information is used to verify that you are trying to log into the account. The codes can often be accessed from your phone. Even if your password is easy to guess (we’ll get into that soon), it’s unlikely that an attacker will gain access to an account that has multi-factor authentication enabled.

You can find a list of accounts that support this method here. However, you should first turn it on for any accounts that contain personal information that could potentially be misused. You can use messaging apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

Multi-factor authentication is not all created equal. The security of code-generating apps is higher than that of SMS codes, and physical security keys offer an additional layer of protection.

Register for a Password Manager

Let’s discuss passwords. It’s 2021. It’s 2021.

Your passwords for online accounts must be unique and strong. This means that your passwords should be unique and long. Your Twitter password should not be the same as your online banking password. Your home Wi-Fi network should not use the same credentials that your Amazon account.

A password manager is the best way to accomplish password protection. Password managers can help you create strong passwords and securely store them. A password manager can prevent you from being hacked. It also allows you to store your passwords securely so you don’t have to worry about forgetting it.

We recommend LastPass and KeePass, based on our tests of the top password managers out there.

Learn how to spot a Phishing Attack. You can make your enemy by clicking too quickly. If you receive a new email, text, or message, that contains something that can be clicked or tapped, your instincts may lead to clicking right away. Do not.

Hackers used the pandemic to launch a series of phishing attacks on Google Drive and dumb Google Drive scams.

These types of scams can be easily fall prey to anyone. It is important to think before you click. Scam messages are designed to trick people into acting in a way that is not normal. They may ask for immediate demands from their bosses or require an urgent response.

Although there is no way to know the exact nature of every phishing attempt or scam, it is possible to be more alert and reduce its effectiveness. Be careful, be cautious and think before you click. Only download files from trusted sources and people.

IT servicesUpdate Everything

Attacks can be made on every piece of technology, from the Facebook app on your smartphone to the operating system controlling your smart lightbulb. Companies are constantly finding bugs and fixing them. It’s important to ensure that you always have the most current versions of any software or apps you use.

Begin with your phone. Navigate to the settings of your phone and check the operating system version. If you don’t have the latest version, you can update it. (iOS 14 for iPhones and Android 11 for Android phones. Apple’s iOS 13 or higher automatically downloads the latest versions of apps and games. However, these settings can be customized. You can turn off auto-updates on Android by visiting the settings page of the Google Play Store.

After you have updated your phone, it is time to decide which devices you want to update. These should be done in the order of their potential impact. You should start with your laptops and other computers. Next, you will need to go through all the connected devices in your daily life. Remember that everything is at risk, even your internet-connected chastity pants.

Encrypt Everything

It’s never been easier to protect your communications. Companies that handle our personal data, including the files and messages we send to the cloud, have realized the benefits of encryption over the past half-decade. Encrypted services ensure that your data is more secure against surveillance and can’t be accessed if it’s lost or stolen.

Signal and WhatsApp are the two most popular end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms. Both apps automatically encrypt messages (including videos and photos) and voice and video calls. Both apps allow you to use disappearing messages which will remove any messages you have sent after a certain time. This can be used to keep your chats private even from others who have access to your devices. We recommend Signal whenever possible. It collects less data than WhatsApp and is not owned by Facebook. If you are unable to get your friends to switch to Signal, WhatsApp provides a lot better protection than apps that use end-to–end encryption by default.

ProtonMail, an encrypted email provider, can protect your emails. You also have the option to use burner accounts to send out mailing lists or purchase information where you don’t want to give your personal data.

Encrypting your files can protect your data from being stolen or hacked. Both iOS and iPhone automatically encrypt your hard drives. Use strong passwords or pins to protect your devices. Encrypting the hard drive of your computer or laptop takes a little more effort. To encrypt your startup disc, turn on Apple’s FileVault. On Windows, you can either use BitLocker encryption or the Settings menus to enable encryption.

Wipe Your Digital Footprint

Your past could come back to haunt your. If you do not take action, the login information and old online accounts that you have can be used against you. Hackers often use information from data breaches in the past to gain access to accounts that people use.

You can reduce the risk of your online activities being hacked by reducing the amount of information available. It is easy to delete your Google search history regularly. Privacy-first Google alternatives are also available.

There are many other things you can do to reduce the digital footprint. You can find the accounts that you don’t use anymore and delete them. This will reduce spam and make it harder for hackers to target you. Use “Hafve I Been Pwned?” To find out your data in past data breaches, you can use a VPN. Tor is also available if you want to increase your anonymity online.

Call SpartanTec, Inc. and let our team of IT support experts help set up the most effective cybersecurity measures to protect your business and company information from hackers and other types of online threats.

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