To keep your software and data secure, think twice and verify before you click on links embedded in emails that came from people or groups you don’t know. Avoid downloading anything from unknown sources. It is also very helpful to install anti-virus software and to keep them updated regularly. Be smart and keep two back-ups of your important files and data, with one back-up in an offline storage. Always check the email address or website URL before clicking on it as they can look very like the real website or email but may just be a spoof address.
5. Maintain financial security
As for maintaining financial security for online banking transactions or purchases, avoid giving out your credit or debit card details to untrusted sites. Telltale signs of secure payment sites are when the website addresses begin with “https” or have the padlock icon at the start. Don’t even answer the phone to your bank as the phone numbers can be spoofed they will leave a message if it really them and you can call them back.
6. Make sure your connectivity settings are correct.
Lastly, as extra precaution for your devices, turn the bluetooth off when not in use. Be careful about connecting to Wi-Fi networks, and keep your own secured. Always activate your guest Wi-Fi at home and only let visitors or friends onto this network it stops too many people having access to your personal files.
If despite taking all the precautions and you still fall victim to cybercrime, keep in mind not to pay the ransom (for cases of cyber extortion or harassment) and immediately report the case to proper authorities.
Connecting to the internet and maximising its functionality for the full convenience it can offer need not be a trade-off between your security or risk. You must simply be smart and know the tools on how to keep safe in this world wide web.