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6 ways to protect yourself from Cybercrime


Team Udayavani, Mar 29, 2020, 1:25 PM IST

Due to the coronavirus, entire country is under a lockdown, resulting in a surge in online transactions and bill payments. Even though there is speed and convenience, online transactions bear the risk of cyber fraud.

Here are some basic precautions everyone using the Internet should take to protect themselves from cyber crime

Use strong passwords.

We all repeat the same mistakes and we use the same passwords everywhere. The most common are child birth dates, marriage anniversaries, and similar. It is very easy to find out the date of birth or name. Password should be unique and contain at least 8 characters, including a combination of words, letters and symbols

Keep your software updated.

We should regularly update our software on mobile devices or desktop because cybercriminals often use the damages of our software to enter our system

Antivirus Programs

It’s very important to use antivirus programs because they help to protect us from malware like viruses and remove them from our PC. It can also protect our financials.

Encrypt and back up your data

It is always better to encrypt the data that’s stored on your phone and pc. It is good to have more backups, in this way we will not lose any data in case of the attack. The backups should be done regularly.

Use secure websites

The website you use should start with “https”. It stands for secure, this means that our data is encrypted. In this way we will have a secure connection. A trusted website will never ask us for a password.

Keep financial details private

Do not enter any kind of personal information into online forms. These forms are often look genuine but in fact have been created by fraudsters looking to take money or steal your identity.

 

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