Maximize your online security by these 4 essential things

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Online Security

In a world where cybercrime is gaining prominence, you need to be more careful with your information than ever before. It used to be that just having a solid password was enough. Now, that’s just the beginning.

Take the time to really assess what you’re doing to protect your online information, and strengthen whatever aspects you can. The following are four essential things you need to do to make your information as safe as possible.

1. Use Different Passwords for Every Account

Tempting as it’s far to apply the identical password all of the time, it’s the worst element you can do. If a hacker receives your password for one account, now they are able to get entry to all of them. Some hints to create a robust password encompass:

i)Use a mixture of lowercase and capital letters
ii)Include plenty of numbers and logos to strengthen your password
iii)Aim for a length between 10 and 15 characters as a minimum (the longer the higher)
iv)Do not use personal identifiers as a password. That includes your youngsters’ names, your date of birth, or your banking PIN.

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2. Use Two-Factor Authentication

Back in 2011, Google introduced two-factor authentication (2FA) as an option to better protect their users’ information. As of August 2018, less than 10% of Google users have it enabled. If you’re one of the 90% opting out, I’m here to tell you that you’re skipping one of the most valuable online security tools available.

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3. Install a VPN

Whether you realize it or not, your browsing data is a form of public information. Since the Internet is considered part of the public domain, anyone can look at certain information about you without your permission. You can’t impede their legal rights, but they can’t see what you don’t show. A virtual private network (VPN) is the best way to make your online footprints disappear.

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4. Install Anti-Virus Software, and Keep it Updated

The first time you switched on your computer, it probably had some form of anti-virus software built in. If you’ve since let your software expire, it’s time to renew your subscription. More than that, you have to keep it updated regularly. Since malware and other malicious software evolves to overcome protection software, you have to allow your anti-virus to evolve too. Consider the following data points provided by Norton Security:

  • There was a 54% jump in new malware variants in 2017
  • Kaspersky’s anti-virus software blocked nearly 800 million attacks from over 194 countries in 2018
  • It’s expected that hackers will have stolen over 33 billion records between now and 2023

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