Cyber security breaches have become a major problem. Top companies like ebay and Microsoft can still be vulnerable to hackers and security breaches. The internet remains a very dangerous place. Here are some tips on how to stay safe online and keep your identity and computing devices from being hacked.
1. Apps Permissions This is especially important if you are using Android devices.
Make sure that you carefully read the list of permissions you give any apps that you download to your phone or tablet. Some applications request access to parts of your device that they have no business interfering with. Do some research into this application and find out who the developer is, what other people have to say about the developer, and why the app wants access to specific parts of your device.
2. Know How to Spot Secure URLs
Check for the “https://” at the beginning of the website URL. If that prefix is missing it means your data is at risk if you enter it into that site. But look closely do not enter information on sites that just begin with “http://” because they are not secure.
3. Do not Share Details Over Email
We have all received an email by a person who just needs us to wire him enough money so he can unlock the millions of dollars he is willing to share with us. Do not be fooled, these are real scams aimed at defrauding you of your money and your identity. You should never share sensitive details such as bank information, passwords, credit card accounts, or Social Security numbers.
4. Use Strong Passwords Strong passwords.
They are a pain to remember but the best way to keep your accounts safe. Use a range of characters in your password that includes upper- and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers. Sites that give you an indication of the strength level of the new password as you enter it are really helpful. And remember: never use the same password twice!