In our last couple of blogs, we have looked at ways that you can protect both your physical self and indeed your home, from would be attackers. This time out in the last of our top personal security tips we will focus on protecting your online presence. The need for good online security has become more apparent in recent times, due to the huge increase in cyber type crimes.
Keep Software Updated
Without question one of the biggest risks to personal security of an online nature is the use of obsolete software. Failing to update web browsers to the latest version is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to best security practices. You have to remember that cyber criminals have huge resources available to them, working night and day to find a way through to access your information. Using legacy software might seem like great value for money; however, it leaves one exposed to the whims of cyber attackers. Much better to spend additional monies preventing criminals than to lose access or indeed your savings due to less than adequate online security.
Keeping data well backed up is an essential part of good online security. In the event of any form of security breach you will be able to roll-back to the most recent backup that you have taken. The advent of ransomware has seen massive spikes in people literally being held to ransom as their data has been encrypted by attackers. Of course, the fix for this is to pay some form of fee, in return for usable data once more.
Use Two-Factor Authentication
Two-Factor authentication isn’t new; however, it is surprising that so many people still haven’t switched it on. A fantastic method of ensuring that you are the only one that is able to access your own data, it is available on a wide range of platforms, from Google right through to many financial institutes. This method of personal authentication provides a significant improvement of security and wherever possible should be used. As mentioned above, Google has a particularly thorough method of two-factor authentication available on its accounts.
Secure Passwords Properly
It’s fair to say that most people understand the value of using secure passwords for their online accounts. However, in many cases these security passwords are stored in a very un-secure way. Keeping them written down in a book or diary is not very sensible, especially when you consider that if found by an intruder they would have access to all your passwords. Thankfully there are a great many password safes and stores that can be used to keep passwords secure and away from prying eyes.
Consider a VPN
Another great way of protecting your online presence is to utilize an additional layer of security when browsing the web or playing online games. A secure VPN will protect your web usage and hide it away from would be attackers. The data is encrypted and secured to prevent non-authorized viewers from being able to read it. If you play a lot of online games, or pay for things online then a VPN is a must. While these services can be free, the best ones will require some form of payment; however, prices have come down considerably in recent times. We hope that you have benefited from some of the security measures in this series of blogs.