The internet is a wonderful tool. It allows us to do so much. We can communicate, access information and more in the space of seconds. But as the famous Spider-Man quote goes “with great power comes great responsibility”. In this case, the responsibility is making sure that we stay secure online. Hackers continuously try and access our information in numerous ways. Even one step of carelessness on our part can give them the chance that they need to get in to our information. Here are the steps you should be taking so you can be secure as possible.
· Two Factor Authentication
A lot of people believe that having a password is enough. While in theory it might be, the reality is much different. There are technologies with algorithms that can figure out these passwords quicker than ever before. Two factor authentication refers to having a password and second secure identification process alongside it. This could be a code that is texted to you or through facial/fingerprint recognition.
· Don’t Use Public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi is the most useful tool in the world when your phone is out of data and you want to check your Facebook. But it isn’t secure. It’s much easier on these open networks for hackers to see exactly what you are doing online and access any information that you are seeing. This is an especially important point for those of us who do work on public Wi-Fi from time to time.
· Always Do Updates
There is no denying that updates can be a hassle. You have to wait for it to download, then restart your device only for nothing to change. But most of the time what that update is doing is putting the most up to date security measures in place so that you are at less of a risk. Not doing updates will make life much easier for hackers.
· Secure Online: Keep Checking Your Credit
It’s simple to get a credit report and it is important that you do so for your online safety. If a hacker gets your information they can easily open up a bank account in your name. This could harm your credit score immensely. In fact, most people that are a victim of this crime don’t learn of it until around a year after it is committed. By regularly checking credit reports you will be able to identify if someone is using your information.