Every one of us use online in anythings. Often we are not aware that we are not secure and as we open at all times online we can be hack by someone or breach us in many ways. So here are some tips for online safety.
The more information you share on social media, the more you allow an attacker to know you. With more knowledge, an attacker can craft a much more targeted attack. For example, by sharing with the world you went to a car race, an attacker can craft a malicious email coming from the ticketing company responsible for the race event. Because you have just been to the event, the email seems more credible.
Reusing passwords is a bad practice. If you reuse a password in service under attackers’ control, they may be successful when attempting to log in as you in other services.
Emails can be easily forged to look legitimate. Forged emails often contain links to malicious sites or malware. As a general rule, do not click embedded links received via email.
Do not accept any unsolicited software, especially if it comes from a web page. It is extremely unlikely that a web page will have a legitimate software update for you. It is strongly recommended to close the browser and use the operating system tools to check for the updates.
Malicious web pages can be easily made to look like a bank or a financial institution website. Before clicking the links or providing any information, double-check the URL to make sure it is the correct web page.
When you allow a program to run on your computer, you give it a lot of power. Choose wisely before allowing a program to run. Research to make sure the company or individual behind the program is a serious and legitimate author. Also, only download the program from the official website of the company or individual.
USB drives and thumb drives include a tiny controller to allow computers to communicate with it. It is possible to infect that controller and instruct it to install malicious software on the host computer. Because the malware is hosted in the USB controller itself and not in the data area, no amount of erasing or antivirus scanning will detect the malware.
Attackers will often deploy fake Wi-Fi hotspots to lure users. Because the attacker has access to all the information exchanged via the compromised hotspot, users connected to that hotspot are at risk. Never use unknown Wi-Fi hot spots without encrypting your traffic through a VPN. Never provide sensitive data such as credit card numbers while using an unknown network (wired or wireless).
Browse safely, everyone.
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