Burglars are moving online. Through various methods, cybercriminals are now able to steal your personal details and even gain access to your bank account. By keeping your home digitally secure with a few of these simple measures, you can help ward off the online thieves and keep your personal information safe.
Secure all your devices
There was a time when the only device anyone had to worry about was their PC. Now phones, tablets, TVs and even kettles have Wi-Fi connection. Cunning cybercriminals have already started exploiting this, hacking people’s smart kettles to get onto their Wi-Fi. You should ensure that all devices that can be safeguarded with security software are. Be careful with recently developed smart items meanwhile – is being able to boil your kettle via your phone worth the digital security risk.
Get on the cloud
Cloud providers allows you to store all your data remotely on a server. This can be a great backup plan to fend off hackers. The likes of Windows and Apple already have in-built cloud providers that you can use to store your files, however there are more advanced versions for those that want to stay extra secure. Cloud-based data disaster recovery software is the latest bit of kit, especially worthwhile investing in if you run a business from home. Such software can allow you to switch to your cloud files in the event that a ransomware hacker takes over and locks your computer, causing the hacker’s scary tactics to have no effect and for you to continue business as usual.
Keep your security software up to date
Having security software is all well and good, but if you’re still running off some ancient anti-virus software that hasn’t been updated in years, you may as well have no security at all. Digital security is constantly having to adapt to fight against evolving viruses and hacking techniques. You’re best off choosing a well-established digital security brand that automatically renews and updates every year to give you the best protection.
Get creative with passwords and security question answers
The password is still the weakest point of entry and most popular way a hacker will try and get into your computer. You may have installed all the digital security software in the world, but if your password is ‘password’ or ‘123456789’ – it’ll all be for nothing. If you can think up and memorise a random mess of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers, you’re sure to stay secure forever. With security question answers, get creative. A hacker can easily look up you mother’s maiden name or primary school online, so lie and enter something completely ridiculous (something that you’re likely to remember though!).
Don’t fall for scam emails
Your email inbox is the next biggest place that cybercriminals will try to target. A strong spam-filter should weed out the obvious scammers, however be wary of more advanced online crooks pretending to be your local council or iTunes. The strongest strategy is to not open anything that looks suspicious and to never share any account details via email.