Data Security has always been a concern for individuals and organizations alike as both struggle to ensure the privacy of their data. Hackers utilize the simplest of means nowadays to breach systems. Whether it is generic passwords like “Hello”, “password” and others or the security of the systems is just faulty, these factors can help hackers get hold of your information.

While the latter part may not be in your control, you can take certain measures which can help keep your information secure online. Let’s explore the following:

Set up a strong password with 2-step authentication:

One easy way to keep your account and the associated information secured online involves using a strong password in conjunction with a 2-step authentication process. A password is easy to breach but with 2-step authentication, you are adding an extra layer of security. Whether the second step involves receiving a code on your app or a third-party app confirmation, you should always enable it wherever it is offered to add an additional level of security to your account online.

Check for the SSL Lock before conducting a transaction:

If you are going to fill in your bank account details anywhere online, always check first for the SSL Lock on the website in the top left corner of your browser before doing so. Secure Sockets Layer ensures that the data being sent from your browser and the data coming from the server is being transmitted through a secure channel. Always look for this lock whenever you are browsing online. It will allow you to distinguish between mysterious sites and ones who are actually genuine. 

Also keep in mind, always enter your login information on a page secured by SSL otherwise your details will be compromised.

Enable Firewall and Antivirus:

Always enable a firewall and antivirus when you are connected to the internet, especially when you are on public WiFi. The highest risks of exploits are when users are on Public WiFi since there are so many devices connected and there is a huge chance that at least one of them has malware on it. With antivirus and firewall, you will be able to have a defensive barrier against this malware and able to keep your information secure online. 

Beware of Crypto-Mining:

Websites are now using CPUs of the users visiting their website to earn cryptocurrency, this called crypto-mining or crypto-jacking. The process uses your CPU resources to run code to mine cryptocurrency and send the results to the server controlled by the cybercriminal. This can lead to the slow working of your device or even melting smartphones due to overworking and cause a massive increase in your electricity bill. You must be extremely cautious when opening any random links or unsafe websites. You can prevent crypto-mining threats using preventive software like sandboxes or in-memory exploit prevention systems other than traditional anti-viruses.

Your security is something that cannot be compromised at any cost; the above security measures are extremely crucial to keep yourself safe in a network. Make sure that you use trusted devices and always check for proper security features and certificates before using any systems and websites.