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How to Keep Yourself Safe Online in 2021

As time goes by, hackers tend to get more creative with ways that they can access your personal data and information that you store online. This is why it is extremely important that you keep track of your security measures regularly and make necessary changes and updates to your software to ensure its safety at all times. Won Connect understands these concerns and we want to make sure that you know how to keep your computer secure and avoid malware and hacking attempts alike. So here’s a quick to-do list that is worth revisiting every once in a while:

  1. Change your passwords on a regular basis and ensure that they are different, difficult, and well-protected. You can use mnemonic systems to remember a long password that seemingly makes no sense. You could for example make a sentence out of it or come up with a story to help you connect the dots. It is important that you don’t use common words, names of your pets or favourite characters – this sort of code is not only much easier to crack but it is also likely that you shared this information online at some point. Use a combination of numbers, symbols, uppercase/lowercase letters. If you struggle a lot with remembering your passwords, you might want to consider a password manager. These are (both free and paid) services that can help you manage all of your online passwords in a protected way (much better than just writing them down as a note on your phone). You can find out more about the subject here.
  2. Take advantage of multi-factor authentication (MFA) if available. As we’ve mentioned before, MFA can be an incredibly useful tool to ensure greater security of your personal data online. The extra steps provided by MFA make it more difficult for potential attackers to gain access to your accounts and the vast majority of websites/applications offers some form of MFA these days.
  3. Update your software. Outdated equipment and software is often more prone to cyberattacks as it does not get regular security updates which, in turn, may lead to malware, viruses, and even data breaches. This is why it is so important to ensure that your operating system and all the programs that you use are not obsolete. So next time that little pop-up urges you to update your browser, it might be worth just getting on with it to avoid unpleasant surprises in the near future.
  4. Do not click on suspicious links – it is simply not worth the potential risk. Always be wary of cold calls and emails, especially those that are concerned with money. During the pandemic online fraud has become even more common so it’s better to be safe than sorry and approach everything with caution. Here, you can check out our article that touches upon cryptocurrency scams.
  5. Steer clear of pirated games, films, and music. Possibly the quickest way for your computer to catch unwanted malware is through untrustworthy websites and downloads containing the aforementioned materials. Very often the files will be infected with malware that will cause damage to your equipment.

The more comfortable you are using the available resources safely, the easier it is to stay in touch with friends and family. Mastering your digital skills can also increase your chance of getting a job or help with further learning. Choose from a range of courses that we provide or get in touch for any help.

Disclaimer

The information provided on this website does not constitute investment advice, financial advice, trading advice, or any other sort of advice and you should not treat any of the website’s content as such. Won Connect CIC does not recommend that any cryptocurrency should be bought, sold, or held by you. Do conduct your own due diligence and consult your financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

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