Depending on who you ask internet security is vulnerable or it is an urban legend. Some people believe internet security threat doesn’t exist. It’s merely a conspiracy theory. Others say all governments of the world are relentlessly spying on their citizens.
Better Online Security
Whether you subscribe to the privacy issue or not, better online security included, one thing is clear that we are vulnerable more than ever now. Our lifestyles, our living habits, our social interactions – everything leaves us open for hackers.
Let me clarify one thing, when we say hackers, we don’t mean guys in black hoods that will abduct you if you speak against government and aliens. A hacker can be a much softer term; someone who is after your private details so he can sell them to marketing companies. It can, of course, take a darker turn as well.
Either way, you should be careful. And here is how:
- Use VPN when downloading stuff
I am not going to pretend that you or I do not download illegal stuff. We all do. You can be criminally charged. Let’s forget the evil stuff for a bit.
How else does VPN protect us? – It creates a firewall, making your public connection private. In simpler words, when you are trying to share data VPN ensures that you are neither tracked, nor your data is accessible. For more information visit vpntrends.
- Enable two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication is a security measure in which apart from a typical password, the user has to enter a verification code that is either emailed or texted to the id/number provided. Many websites, almost all major websites, and services have this option. Make sure you avail it.
Sometimes people can guess or find out your password, two-factor authentication assures that only you can log into your accounts even if someone has your password.
It might seem simple, but just a smidgen of time can almost double password security.
- Update your browser and devices
Updating your browser and devices might be the dullest thing you can do on a computer; but it is very important. 90% of the times updates are patches that upgrade browsers and software from recently discovered security problems.
A five-minute update can be the difference between security and leaked data!
- Use strong passwords and a password manager
We are generally very bad at creating strong passwords. In 2014, a survey disclosed that most victims of hacking had passwords like 123456 or UnitedStates123. It is also common for people to use their birth year, especially people born between 86 and 96.
Hackers know these tricks very well. For each website, you should be using a unique password. You can use apps like LastPass or 1Password.
- Do a Google Security Checkup
If you don’t feel like taking Google Security Checkup program for your safety, do it because Google is offering extra 2GB GDrive space for all users who participate. The program runs a scan on your Google accounts.
After the program has run, you will see all the details of log-ins and devices connected to your Google accounts, along with all the locations and IPs. The user can sign-out from a device he or she doesn’t recognize, it is easy, simple and brilliant.
About the author:
Nuur Hasan is a software developer and a political activist, he intends to dedicate his life to the becoming the voice of the voiceless.