In this current world, it is crucial to keep your data safe and away from cyber-criminals. Continuing from part 1, this article will discuss the most popular security awareness tips and tricks.

11. Maintain backups

Back up your phones and computers frequently and periodically as catastrophes will spare nobody.

12. Don’t do sensitive browsing on other people’s devices

Sensitive browsing, especially online shopping and bank transactions should only be done on your personal devices. Absolutely do not use public Internet devices or even one from a friend.

13. Know what’s going into your computer

Pay close attention to any device that you plug in your computers, as it may come attached with some new generation viruses or malware. It is also important to know where does your downloaded data come from.

14. Think twice before creating something you don’t want to lose

Everything created on technological platforms can be exposed by those more skilled. Therefore, consider before creating anything, especially those with negative nuances, as they may go against you any time.

15. Control what you post on social media

One saying goes: “Whatever happens on the Internet, will always stay on the Internet.” And truthfully to that, even though you may have deleted all posts, images, relevant information, or even deactivated your account, somebody may have to screenshot it and might be using those data against you.

16. Don’t let yourself be a victim of social engineering

Avoid Phishing (pretending to be an esteemed organization/individual to trick people); Baiting (Abusing faith to send/borrow USBs or technological devices with malware, allowing the owner to access vital systems); Vishing (identity fraud via phone); Piggypacking (attackers pretend to be an employee/ close relative/ maintenance/ authorities to ask for important/ necessary information, and consequently use this information to access systems, attack tracking devices, or scam money/property); eavesdropping; hidden cams; trash digging; Pop-up windows (hackers create Pop-up windows which trick users to click/redirect users to websites that steal their information or automatically download malware).

17. Periodically scrutinize your accounting

Passive intrusion will always be a prevalent threat: somebody may be regularly accessing your devices without you ever knowing. It is always better to prevent than to repair.

18. Be cautious of flashy advertisements

You may see your screen laden with flashy ads and catchy contents, with information that catches your interest, seeing that many internet applications are attached with eavesdropping software. Do not hesitate to close a website as you spot redirection and suspects it as malicious.

19. Attend security awareness conferences

The digital world is constantly changing and developing, and thus comes the need to always update yourself with the latest knowledge for protection. After all, the more you know, the safer you are.

20. Two-factor authentication

Finally, always try to have two-factor authentication for all your online accounts. This feature is supported by tech giants like Google, Facebook, Yahoo…

Source: Cyradar

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