IronTech Security wants to help everyone be as safe as possible when using the internet. While there are endless possibilities of things to learn and discover on the internet, there are also many things that users need to look out for. Cybercriminals are anywhere and everywhere, so take a look at our list of 10 Ways to Protect Your Information From Snoopers.
Use a VPN
A virtual private network helps encrypt and transfer data so that others cannot intercept your information. Most VPN services can work on devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones so you can protect all of your personal devices. We suggest NordVPN or ExpressVPN. These are very popular choices and extremely affordable for the amount of security they give your gadgets.
Don’t allow cookies on your device
Cookies track your visits to websites and can potentially remember your login information. If at all possible, don’t allow any cookies. Go into your browser settings and find the option that allows you block all cookies. By doing this, you’re giving yourself more privacy on your devices.
Always log out of accounts once you’re done
When you’re done using a website, log out. Even if it’s an account that doesn’t have a lot of personal information, logging out is critical. This simple step could be what saves you from getting hacked.
Only use encrypted websites
Make sure to check the website URL. Only use websites that use HTTPS and not HTTP. Encrypted websites jumble your information so that if cyber criminals were to try to intercept it, they wouldn’t be able to decipher your activity or any credentials.
Use a password manager
Using strong passwords is vital. Password managers create strong and unique passwords for each site you visit. Password managers are capable of creating one-of-a-kind passwords that can range anywhere from 8 to 100 characters (letters and numbers). All you have to remember is one master password to then have access to all of your credentials. IronTech Security uses Keeper as our trusted password manager, but 1Password, LastPass, and Bitwarden are also great options.
Use multi-factor authentication as much as possible
Whenever possible, use multi-factor authentication. It is an easy way to add an extra layer of security to your accounts. Common uses of multi-factor authentication include reCAPTCHA, pin numbers sent through text messages and/or emails that expire after a short amount of time, and personal security questions. IronTech Security uses Duo, a two-factor authentication service that helps add an extra level of security. All of these options are an easy addition that will help keep your private information safe.
Avoid public wifi networks
Public wifi networks are an easy way for snoopers and malicious actors to steal your information. Instead of connecting straight to the wifi network, hackers and snoopers can easily position themselves between you and the connection point. While it’s extremely enticing to use a public wifi network when you see there’s one available, try to avoid them. Take a look at one of our previous blog posts about The Dangers of Public Wifi for more information.
Be cautious of online downloads
It is important to be cautious of online downloads. When downloading something off of the internet it’s always possible that it’s a malicious attachment containing malware. If it’s not a trusted website, don’t download anything. If it’s being sent to you and you weren’t expecting it, don’t download it. It’s okay to be cautious with unsure attachments.
Continuous Security Training
Continuous cybersecurity training is critical when it comes to protecting your data online. Without the proper awareness and knowledge in place, you are left vulnerable to cybercriminals. Do you know how to spot a malicious link? Or a phishing email? Continuous cybersecurity training ensures that you are always on the lookout. IronTech Security does it! Being enrolled in continuous security training helps prepare you for malicious activity and threats.
Endpoint Detection & Response
Endpoint Detection and Response replaces today’s antivirus. Antivirus can only look out for threats it has been told to look out for when in reality, there are thousands of unknown threats like ransomware, fileless attachments, polymorphic malware, and more. EDR has the ability to detect and roll back those unknown threats leaving your machine in a clean state.
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