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10 ways to protect yourself against cyber crime

Cyber crime can change your life in the blink of an eye.
Given the opportunity, hackers will take your data, your identity and your finances within minutes.

There are some basic precautions everyone using the Internet should take to protect themselves from cyber crime:

1

Use strong passwords.

Password should be unique and contain at least 8 characters, including a combination of words, letters and symbols (if you want to find out more about “how to protect your privacy” click here).

2

Keep your software updated.

Hackers are most likely to use known exploits in your software to gain access to your system.

3

Back up your files regularly.

If the worst happened, you can easily restore the lost files.

4

Be careful what you click on.

Many people are caught out by cybercriminals simply by clicking on a link or downloading a file from an unreliable source: never click on hyperlinks or download files from sources you don’t trust.

5

Manage your social media settings to keep most of your personal and private information lock down.

Social engineering cyber criminals can often get your information, so the less you share the better.

6

Secure your home network with a strong encryption password as well as a VPN.

A VPN will encrypt all traffic leaving your devices until it arrives at its destination, so hackers won’t intercept anything but encrypted traffic.

7

Keep your financial details private.

People are sometimes conned by entering personal information into online forms. These forms are often look genuine but in fact have been created by fraudsters looking to take money or steal your identity. Legitimate organisations like your bank will never ask you for any security details or ask you to transfer money into an account.

8

Talk to your children about the use of the Internet and its risks.

Make sure they know they can talk to you in the event they are experiencing any kind of online harassment, bullying or stalking.

9

Keep up to date on major security breaches.

If you have an account on a site that’s been impacted by a security breach, find out what the hackers know and change your password immediately.

10

If you believe that you have become a victim of a cyber crime,

you need to alert the local police or the local cyber crime reporting centre, even if the crime seems minor.

How do you protect yourself against cyber crime?
Do you have any questions?
You can post comments and questions below 😉

Flavia Piantino Gazzano
flavia@mon-k.com

Graduated in Public Relations and Communication, specialized in Business Communication, she has gained a decade of experience as account, project manager, digital marketer and growth hacker. Flavia has a strong focus on digital transformation, social media, PR; she uses strategic communication as a strong asset in her life and has a creative approach to problem solving. Her goal is to create effective and efficient business growth strategies. She works with Mon-K since 2015 as Marketing and Communication Manager.

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