When the World Wide Web first came to life in the late 1990s, it opened new possibilities however, it also brought a new range of threats. Spam was a major cause of email disruption, computer viruses caused havoc on corporate networks, and hacking was a huge problem. Hackers could steal your personal data, take over your credit or banking online account, and then sell your personal information on the dark web for a large amount of money.
Today, your online existence is more complex than ever. You’re using your smartphone to shop online, make purchases online, access Facebook and even your IoT devices and internet-connected appliances monitor and record your activities. Hackers are able to access all of this data, regardless if they’re part of a criminal organization or a random individual with an agenda for political gain.
Create strong passwords for all of your online accounts. Make use of a password manager to manage them. Consider enabling two-step authentication, which adds an extra layer of security by making you enter a code that is sent to your email or phone address in addition to entering your password each time you log in. Encrypt your hard drive so that hackers cannot access your data even if do manage to gain control of your computer or mobile device. Also be sure to disable ’run as administrator’ on your computers, don’t root or jailbreak your phones and shut down your computer instead of leaving it running all day (all-time running slows down your device’s performance and opens the door for cyberattacks). With the right software tools for malware screening, uninstalling, and encryption of data you can lower your risk.