New Year, new you! At least that’s what many individuals like to think. Still, for many hackers all around the world, customers whose personal security upkeep online hasn’t changed in years are a familiar, easy target.
And while many people think it’ll never happen to them, it probably has. Reports show that there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. In fact, looking at this new tool that shows the likelihood that your data’s been compromised will probably provide a harrowing look at just vulnerable you’ve been.
So how can you amp up your own internet security? Here are four ways to go into 2021 a little safer.
- Fall In Love With Two Factor Authentication
Although it may be a little annoying to keep your phone around every time you need to open your email, copying a short code is a small price to pay for data protection. Also, it’s relatively easy to set up. Many services like Google and ApplePay already have two-factor authentication options built in, but there’s a whole host of websites available for you to add another layer of security.
- Become a Phishing Nerd
Many of us have had to go through incredibly boring phishing training at work, and feel ready to spot any fraudulent email. However, hackers and the phishing software they’ve built is becoming more advanced every day. It’s essential that you stay up to date on the latest phishing strategies. A great way to do this is by doing some research every time you change your passwords or by subscribing to newsletters surrounding tech safety.
- Add An Antivirus Software
Think about it. When you’re trying to avoid an invasive flu, you get a shot. So, why not add some antivirus software to your computer to help your computer? The world of anti-hacking softwares can seem confusing, especially if you don’t know the difference between a firewall and a flashdrive. Still, even adding basic security softwares like Microsoft Security Essentials is a great place to start.
- Diversity your Data
One of the best ways to protect your money when investing is to diversify holdings. Likewise, you can protect your data by diversifying your accounts and account information. Don’t connect all your banking accounts to a single email. Instead, use different emails with unique passwords. The same mindset can be applied to adding variety to your passwords, an important change for the 61% of people that reuse the same password across websites.
Altogether, while there’s no one foolproof safeguard against hackers, using these tips should help protect you to live another day online.