It’s 2021 now, but even well before this, cybersecurity has been a relevant topic of discussion among anyone who uses the internet. The idea of hackers coming to steal your personal information from your networks might seem remote to some, but rest assured: it’s a real possibility that you can’t take lightly.
These days, all it takes is for someone to conduct a basic IP lookup to find your exact city (not your actual physical address). But even that can be a little too much for comfort.
So, how do you upgrade your cybersecurity to an acceptable level? We’ll show you.
Back-Up Your Data
When a ransomware attack occurs against your or your employer’s personal data, you immediately lose access to it. Hackers who use ransomware will likely encrypt your data and vow not to undo it until you pay them. That’s how these attacks work.
Aside from how you and the police deal with this crime, you will still need to reaccess your data. And that’s where a good data backup comes in handy. You have to back up everything you have in real-time and store it in a safe place. This way, at least you can get back your data while you figure everything else out.
Check for Secure Sites
SEOs know it well: when you see that little black lock to the left of a URL in a browser, that means you are on a secured site. Any personal data you transmit on these sites will be encrypted and less accessible to hackers.
Then, it stands to reason that you should buy things only from secure websites and stay away from any older, unsecured sites. That’s a nice and easy way for your credit card information to get stolen from under you.
Run Antivirus Software
Nowadays, plenty of antivirus software providers will offer you their services free of charge, allowing you to upgrade to a paid model for more features. But once you hit on a good program, have it run on your computer or phone once a week to scan for any malware.
If you use the internet primarily to browse the same few favorite sites you have, then you shouldn’t have to worry. But if you are more adventurous and have been around to all kinds of places, it’s never a bad idea to run some antivirus. It could be the thing that makes all the difference.
Cybersecurity is not something to ignore in 2021. It takes common sense to stay safe online and is also fairly straightforward to upgrade your current setup. As long as you take this seriously, you should be able to make some good decisions.