Cyber-security is something that we often overlook when using the internet. It’s always a good idea for organizations or anyone who uses the internet to review the best security practices for safer user experiences. You never know when you or your data could be at risk from being stolen or attacked from any malicious software or internet hackers that could be lurking. Based on the current state of the internet, here are a handful of helpful cyber-security tips for a safer online browsing experience.
Trust HTTPS and HTTPS Only
Only a few years ago, it was widely debated whether HTTPS was actually required. Encryption certificates and HTTPS are much more widely adopted today since they are now obtained for free by individual providers. Even Google has gotten involved with HTTPS-advocacy by labeling sites that don’t use HTTP as “not secure.” It’s not a given that all websites that don’t use HTTPS are harmful, but keep this cyber-security tip in mind next time you’re browsing the web.
Double (or triple) Check the Sender
Have you ever gotten an odd email that’s made your blood pressure rise? Or noticed strange transactions on a personal account that’s made you log on and see if everything is okay? These are a few tactics that cybercriminals use to get your attention and trick you into clicking a convenient, yet cryptic looking link, which leads you to a fake login page that is monitored and controlled by the attacker. This is a classic case of phishing and spoofing emails, a standard method hackers use. If there’s anything suspicious in these emails or text alerts, ignore and delete them. If you’re an admin of an organization, it’s encouraged to configure an SPF to prevent your domain from being used as a cover for phishing attacks.
Keep Your Passwords Secret
The handling of passwords has been a massive issue ever since they have been introduced to the internet. No matter who you are, a casual browser, a developer, or an administrator, storing and handling your passwords is the most important cyber-security tip out there. Make sure your passwords are only known by you, is unique to each service, and is long enough to withstand a potential brute-force attack. Be sure to enable Multi-Factor Authentication whenever a service provides it.
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