15 Feb How to Keep Cyber Criminals Away
Data theft on the internet has become a common and dangerous issue over the advancement of information technology. Cyber criminals are everywhere, spreading computer viruses that infect millions of computers all over the world. Data theft can lead to identity theft, which allows hackers to use your financial information to steal from you.
Here are a number of precautions you can take to prevent hackers getting their hands on your data:
Create strong passwords
Use a combination of characters or letters, numerals and symbols to create a complex and strong password. Lots of hackers can do their dirty job by cracking people’s passwords that are weak. Be sure not to use the same password for all of your accounts, because in case one of them is compromised others can be in risk too.
Have a backup for your data
Set up a well-protected, secured data backup plan. There are a number of ways you can use, including bootable drives and external drives, but the best way to backup data at present is using cloud backup. You can do it yourself or get IT professionals to help if there is any classified business data you want secured.
Use two factor authentication
Most major websites and social media platforms has the option of two step authentication for your account to prevent hacking. Setting up this service will send you an alert if someone tries to access your account from an unfamiliar device or location. This way, even if the hackers crack your password accessing your information would be difficult for them.
Don’t click or open suspicious links, emails an attachments
Links, emails and email attachments that looks suspicious may contain spyware or virus sent by cyber criminals. Sometimes they come in the form of pop-up windows asking for your email address and password. Avoid or delete such emails and links, and if you are sure you never subscribed to them, report spam.
Being a little careful about your data security can keep the cyber criminals away from your precious data. To set up anti-virus and anti-spam management for your business, contact PCFIXIT, your trusted local IT experts!