7 Cyber Security Tips You Need to Use
Don’t go Unprotected; Watch your Digital Back
We all know about cyber crime. And there’s a really good chance that you’ve been the victim at some point in your life. If we continue our same online habits, we can expect it to happen again and again. There are ways to prevent being a victim!
Here at iDoctor, our goal is to ensure that you have a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience with your technology. That might mean you need a computer repaired, or it might just mean that you can benefit from these cyber security tips on how to stay safe online.
Take Care with Public WiFi
Public WiFi is great, especially when you have a limited data plan. The only problem is that when you link up to a public signal, you open your computer, phone, or tablet up to being accessed. Sophisticated cyber criminals can sit in the café and see everyone that connects to the public WiFi. If they really know what they’re doing, they can see exactly where you go online while connected.
If you’re using a public internet connection, don’t access sensitive information (like bank accounts), and you may not even want to get onto Facebook either.
Use Two Factor Authentication
Two factor authentication is pretty standard for many websites. Some of the more secure ones will have you enter your password, and then have a text message sent to your phone with a 6 digit access code. They’re certainly annoying, but is it worth saving a few extra seconds to open up your data for hackers to see?
Install an Antivirus
There are a bunch of antivirus programs out there that will protect your computer. Some you have to pay for, others are free. Generally speaking the premium versions do a better, more efficient, or faster job of scanning your computer. If you don’t want to spend the money, Malwarebytes is a great program.
If you’re planning to install an anti-virus, don’t click a link to one in an email. We know individuals who bought a program through a spam email and all it did was install a virus on their system and stole their card information.
Watch Where you Buy from Online
Shopping online is incredibly convenient. It seems that just about every vendor out there has an online version of their store. There are the reputable sites, like Amazon or eBay, and the not-so-reputable sites like Joe’s Totally Cheap Electronics Store dot Com.
If you’re going to buy from an unknown vendor, make sure to pay with PayPal so that you’re covered with their buyer protection.
Connect with a VPN
A VPN essentially bounces your IP around the world several times every minute. This makes it hard for anyone, or any program, to track where you actually are connecting from. Those who work in finance can’t connect without using one, and you shouldn’t connect either. Just keep in mind that it’s probably best to skip Facebook’s VPN.
Most VPN’s have a small monthly charge for you to use them.
Don’t Post that on Social Media
Our social media accounts are our dumping grounds. From cat pictures, to kid pictures, to rants and raves; we post it all. But remember, if it goes online, it’s online forever. If someone gains access to your social media, and you have all sorts of information on there, they can use that to steal more of your identity.
If you wouldn’t show it to your mom on a public slideshow, don’t post it.
Delete Unused Accounts
How many of us still have their Myspace accounts? What about email addresses that have long since stopped being used? Would you know if those accounts were hacked, or would it take months before you realized it? If you have an old social media account or an old email, simply delete them. If you need it back, sign back up.
Make it hard for criminals and they’ll go after easier targets.
iDoctor Wants You to Protect Yourself
Much of protecting yourself online is common sense. That’s why we didn’t put a section on don’t download things. If you’re torrenting movies and music, you’re opening your computer up to any sort of junk to come streaming in; along with that junk is criminal access.
If you accidentally downloaded a virus, don’t despair. Bring your computer to either of our Billings locations and we can get you fixed up quick.