Cybersecurity concerns are at an all-time high globally. The tension is widespread with fears of losing millions of dollars in investments to ruthless hackers, scammers, and fraudsters. Governments, companies and individuals are equally at risk given the mass of cloud-based systems and automation of services and databases.
Everyone ought to be on the lookout for potential attacks. Over the last three months, there has been a surge in sophisticated cyberattacks, especially ransomware and phishing. Lately the world has seen Russian actors as masterminds of many attacks, but as the world now knows, there’s no geographical or even demographical limitation in cyberspace.
Proof Digital has always had systems in place to keep your website secure and we are blocking attackers daily while also keeping your website protections up-to-date, as new threats and vulnerabilities crop up.
We are dedicated to providing this extremely important service to our customers, but also advise them and you to be proactive in protecting yourself and employ the following tips to guard your financial hub and privacy online.
1. Password Security
The password is the key to any site that contains your personal or professional information. We recommend using a complicated, long, and unique password for every site where you create an account.
Unique passwords are essential; if you use one password across all websites and emails, it can become a master key that hackers use to declare war on you and access your data. Finally, don’t recycle old passwords and change any compromised passwords immediately.
2. Use MFA, whenever available
Considering the current rate of cyber attacks, we need to go beyond a mere username and password. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) requests multiple verification factors such as fingerprint and face recognition to access your mobile handsets and online resources. Always embrace MFA
3. Consider an Impeccable Password Manager
It is one thing to create strong passwords and another to sustain them. Sometimes your memory may fail – a password manager is a safe bank for all your passwords. Consider these great options to manage your passwords: LastPass, Dashlane, and 1Password. The premium options offer optimum features.
A password manager monitors your passwords and suggests improvements in case of compromise. Also, they enable you to share passwords with your significant individuals.
4. Ensure Your Software is Up-to-Date
Software is the major lane that attackers use to access computers and execute their malicious tendencies. Outdated software compromises the security features of your computer whenever you go online. Proof Digital provides this service for our customers and recommends that everyone create alerts for software updates and immediately install/apply them for all your devices.
5. Be Suspicious of Unexpected Emails
Scammers execute phishing mainly through fake emails. You need to outsmart them because they have advanced this tactic by making the emails look official. Avoid enticing emails and purported survey queries. Never click any link provided in an email until you verify its validity and safety.
6. Simple Mobile Security Steps
Encrypt your external hard drives and flash drives to bar access by unauthorized people. Shut down or lock the screens of your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop when not in use. Do not store personal information on your mobile phone and avoid installing apps from any source – stick to trusted sources (Google Play Store and Apple App Store).
7. Backup for Your Crucial Data
No system is completely failsafe which is why we back up our clients’ data daily and recommend everyone do the same. A backup ensures you lose no vital information in the case of a security incident.
Every user of online resources is vulnerable to cyber-attack and needs to take precautions before a potential peril. Employ the highlighted tips to uphold your cybersecurity.
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