Though internet technology and computer technology may be second nature for millennials, there are plenty of people that still are not familiar with how to stay safe online. Those who did not grow up with such advanced technology find themselves at risk in the cyber world.
With a little education, you will be surfing the web with a peaceful mind. Avoid placing all of your most sensitive information out in the open, and check out these cyber security tips for all the IT beginners out there.
Password security is vital
First things first; Your passwords have to be a bit more complicated than 12345. Whenever you are creating a new password, it is best to include upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and a few odd characters for strength.
As the fall season comes to a close, tis the season of comfort and joy. Good cyber security practices will keep the season calm and collected. It is bad practice to reuse passwords, and you should make sure to change them at least once a month.
Cycling your passwords makes it nearly impossible to crack your code. It is also good to remember that “dictionary” passwords (passwords like a dog or child’s name) are weak.
Enable two-factor authorizations whenever possible
A two-factor authorization requires the person requesting access to provide two separate authentication codes/passwords. If you are not the most cryptic person, two-factor authorization can help supplement those weaker passwords.
Social media sites, email providers, and even your own personal computer provides the option to set a two-step authentication for access to data. Use the option, and your sensitive information will be twice as protected from prying eyes.
Avoid getting click happy
There has never been a time when it was safe to click on just anything. Just because a few words are hyperlinked, does not mean you must click the link. Fight the urge to go click crazy.
Clicking on a rogue link can lead you into all sorts of cyber trouble. Cyber thieves like to implant files into your device through viral links. Beware of random clickbait.
Install protection software on all devices
Your smartphone is just as vulnerable as your personal computer when it comes to cyber intrusion. It is best to make sure that all of your personal devices are equipped with virus, malware, and spyware protection.
Enable firewall protection on your computer
Windows and Mac operating systems are equipped with their own firewall protection. Though it may be tempting to turn it off and forget about it, your firewall is your most basic form of cyber protection. It could save your digital existence to learn how to use it properly.