This is a guest post article by John OcamposSEO Manager of Softvire Australia
While more and more people are now using the World Wide Web in search for information, execute business strategies, buying products, or for entertainment, and making transactions because of convenience and easy access; hackers and cybercriminals are also finding multiple ways to spread malware attacks.
Today, even large enterprises are dealing with various cyberattacks such as phishing, ransomware, DDoS attacks, SQL injections, and many more. As small businesses rely heavily on mobile devices such as smartphones, and desktop computers to get the work done, they also expose themselves with such potential threats.
According to several reports, cybercriminals are targeting small businesses as they lack resources when it comes to cybersecurity, and they have more inconsistencies with their processes. Taking necessary precautions is the first step to avoid these concerns. As for companies utilizing technology and digital advancements, it is recommended to make adjustments with your policy and educate your staff about the importance of cybersecurity.
To give you more ideas, here are some tips on how to protect your device from hacking, malware attacks and other cyber threats:
TIP #1: Check and Update your Operation System (OS), Programs, Apps, and Other Software
The problem with most people is they keep postponing or ignoring these system updates. Keep in mind that these updates are essential to prevent data and security breach. Failure to update your device makes it easier for hackers to exploit its vulnerabilities. So, the longer you postpone your device updates, the more outdated your systems are making you an easy target for cybercriminals or random viruses.
Some companies today resolve this concern by implementing BYOD or bring your own device policy. They also conduct several training and awareness programs to educate their staff.
TIP #2: Choose the Most Reliable Security Software in the Market
Having a reliable security software such as antivirus or anti-malware is the best way to prevent various cyberattacks.
There are several factors you should consider when choosing antivirus or anti-malware products. First, evaluate how you use your device. What are your Internet connections? Do you often use public WiFi? How often do you stream videos? Are your banks connected to your gadgets? If your think you think your Internet usage is too heavy, it is best to get a more comprehensive package.
For instance, you might want to look for security software with all-inclusive protection like Kaspersky Total Security. Its full package subscription can protect your device to almost all cyber threats.
Other recommended antivirus brands today are the Norton LifeLock, Intego, Bullguard, Bitdefender, and AVG. In addition, you should also inquire about security help.
TIP #3: Provide a Backup Solution for all your Files
Even if your devices are equipped with the best antivirus or anti-malware programs, it is still essential to have a backup storage for your files. Take note that your system may still have some loopholes. Good thing today, there are now several secured cloud storage applications where you can store some of your files.
Having a backup solution will make it easier for you to retrieve important programs and apps in case, you got hit by ransomware. Some of the best features you should look for when subscribing to cloud storage solutions are the biometric and multifactor authentication. These features provide more security by requiring two or more verification codes before getting an access to your device.
Some of the best cloud storage services today are Backblaze, Carbonite, SOS Online Backup, iCloud, and iDrive. While most of these cloud storage programs have a free version, the paid subscription packages offer a much bigger capacity and more extensive security features.
TIP #4: Lock your Smartphones Promptly
This may seem pretty basic, but a lot of people still ignore the importance of locking their devices when not in use. Leaving them unlock makes it more prone to hacking, malware attacks, and other cyber threats.
The best way to resolve this is to enable the four-or six-digit passcode. You can also use unique patterns to lock your device. Other advanced features you can utilize are fingerprint scanning, and dual factor authentication.
TIP #5: Be Cautious with your Sources when Using the Internet
Unfortunately, the World Wide Web is not really a safe place. In recent reports posted at Forbes, data breaches just hit 4.1 billion records in just 6 months despite the fact that many experts and cybersecurity professionals have launched multiple cybersecurity awareness programs. They also mentioned that even the laziest cybercriminal can scrape up any data using automated malware loaded scripts due to thousands to millions of unsecured databases.
So, take extra precautions with your Internet browsing activities. Don’t just fill out forms from unsolicited mails. Be sure to check the credibility of the site before making transactions or providing your details.
TIP #6: Use WiFi and Bluetooth Network Responsibly
Most people today never hesitate connecting to free-wiFi networks without any risk assessment. Bear in mind that public Internet network can expose your IP address and other account information. This is why cybersecurity experts strongly recommend disabling the auto-join wiFi. The same thing goes with Bluetooth device. Make sure to turn it off when not in use.
In case you really need to connect to a public wiFi network, consider using a VPN. But again, choose carefully as some VPN networks can be bad, as well. With VPN, you can channel your network traffic through a secured server.
TIP #7: Configure App Permissions
Check your mobile apps settings to see who else has access to your device. If you see any unfamiliar names or just an IP proxy address, change the settings right away. Monitor permission access with your apps, and make adjustments as needed.
These are just some of the few tips you can do to secure your device from hacking and malware attacks. Again, take extra precautions when using your device including mobile phones and other gadgets.
John is an Opera Singer by profession, and a member of the Philippine Tenors. Ever since, Digital Marketing has always been his forte. He is the CEO of MegaMedia Internet Advertising Inc., and the Managing Director of Tech-Hacker. John is also the current SEO Manager of Softivire New Zealand and Softvire Australia – the leading software ecommerce company in Australia.