Okay, this next blog post is aimed at the most worried of web users. You know, the kinds of folks who have a Google alert set for the term 'data breach.' The folks who eschew social media for fear of cyber stalkers. The people who turn off their location tracking for fear of Big Brother.
In truth, these people do have a reason to be nervous. The internet is chock full of malicious downloads, cyber scammers, and digital threats. With that said, the best way to handle cybersecurity risks is to make better choices regarding your online privacy.
Take Advantage of Self-Destruct Messengers. Believe it or not, one of the things hackers are most interested in is your private communications. This includes emails you send to your clients, coworkers, family members, and friends. This is especially true for C-level executives and business leaders, just ask Sony or the DNC.
To avoid a similar fate from befalling your business, take advantage of self-destruct messengers like Signal, WhatsApp, or Wickr. These applications only allow the proper recipients to view your messages and can be set to automatically delete read messages.
Poof! And just like that, your conversation is protected from breaches or leaks.
Adopt a Password Manager. It's likely you have seen articles online featuring the worst passwords imaginable. And hopefully, you don't use anything so silly as '123456' or 'guest' to protect your accounts. But even if you aren't the worst offender, you may still be relying on poor password protocols.
Think to yourself: Have you ever reused a password for more than one account? Do you view some accounts as more important than others? Do you keep a list of passwords in a drawer inside your desk or saved to an electronic file on your desktop?
If you said yes to any of the above questions you need to do better. Start by adopting a password manager today. KeePass, for instance, recommends passphrases and uses password protection to lock away all your passwords in a database not accessible via the web.
Use a Virtual Private Network. Everybody loves free Wi-Fi. It's easy, publicly available at your favorite coffee shops "“ and did we mention free? Sadly, you might be getting more than you bargained for.
Hackers are known to prey on unsuspecting web users by setting up phony (albeit believable) public Wi-Fi hotspots. By luring users into this trap, the cyber crook can spy on you, pilfer your data, and sneak malware onto your devices.
But even if the connection is legit, hackers could still eavesdrop on data traveling to a public router from your computer. Do yourself a favor and install a virtual private network (VPN) on all employee devices to hide their activities from prying eyes. If you are still wary of the World Wide Web, you might want to look into a Tor browser to obscure all online activities.
Invest in Cyber Insurance. Even after adopting the most alarmist position regarding cybersecurity and complementing it with the best technologies available, you can still fall prey to cybercrime. Thankfully, you can establish a safety net through CyberPolicy.
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