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Internet Security – 7 must-do things to be Cyber Safe

Internet security is a rising concern these days, according to CPA Canada, more than 1 in 5 Canadian businesses are hit by cyberattacks. Recent news of Capital One Financial data breach compromised the personal information of six million Canadians shook the industry.

Whether it is corporates, small businesses or individuals, no one is immune to the data breach.

Corporates are investing millions of dollars to make sure data is safe, but as an individual, you are vulnerable. We are living in the digital world, and careless internet habits can leave you exposed to scams and identity theft.

Internet security is essential, here are few tips that can help you be cyber safe:

Privacy Settings:

While you are on social media, surfing the internet or looking at shopping sites, both marketers and hackers can learn a lot about you. Be proactive and take charge of your information, keep privacy settings enabled on both web browsers and mobile operating systems.

Safe Browsing:

Getting lured to dubious content is normal and is the biggest bait for hackers. One careless click can expose your personal data to introducing malware to your device. Resist the urge, be a safe user.

Secure Internet connection:

If you use a public Wi-Fi connection, ensure you use a secure virtual private network (VPN). It ensures that no one can monitor access to the data you exchange in a public space.

Safe Downloading:

Programs or apps that carry malware are steal your information, don’t download any app you don’t need. Anything from the popular game, weather or traffic apps are some of the main targets. Don’t click any link that looks suspicious.

Strong Passwords:

Weak spots in whole internet security setup, weak passwords have no way around. Choose strong passwords that are unique and complex, a mix of alphanumeric and special characters is must-have. Password manager software can help you store multiple passwords.

Secure Online Purchases:

Internet security is essential when you put in your financial information. Only supply this information to sites that provide secure, encrypted connections. Any website that doesn’t start with https: is not safe.

Social Posting:

Once your information is on the internet, there is no going back. Any comment or image you post online is forever. Be sensible to what you share, your personal information is crucial. Social media is the way of life, but it is not your life. Networking and sharing is good, be selective about it.

One of the best for internet security is to keep your antivirus program up to date. Stay current with your operating system’s update and applications you use. This Cyber Attack Awareness Month, check if you are cyber safe. 

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