REGARDLESS of whether you’re an Apple or Android user, or prefer to log into accounts on a laptop, the FBI has a warning for you.
The US Intelligence and Security Service has unveiled 10 key tips that can protect you from hackers as cybercrime continues to rise.
The alert was backed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and authorities from Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK.
The security groups have highlighted 10 ways hackers try to exploit your device or hack your accounts.
Following the recommended steps can save you from personal data theft or money loss.
The list includes standard advice like setting up multi-factor authentication, as well as other items you may not have considered.
We’ve compiled the full list for you below.
Set up multi-factor authentication
Most of your social media accounts and online banking have multi-factor authentication options in their settings area.
Setting this up adds extra steps to your signup process and additional barriers for cybercriminals trying to hack you.
Avoid wrong permissions
This step is more applicable to companies and you can point this out to your employer.
Security experts warn against long access authorization lists for personal data.
The fewer people have access to private and important data, the fewer people cybercriminals have to hack.
Update your software
This may seem like an obvious point, but many people forget to update their software or postpone system updates.
Software updates usually come with bug fixes, so if you push them, a cyber criminal could exploit a flaw in your device.
Do not use standard logins and passwords
Never stick with a default login or password as it is too easy for a hacker to guess.
Change your passwords often and to something no one can guess about you, avoid birthdays and names of loved ones.
Avoid unnecessary VPNs
Virtual private networks can be useful for browsing the web as if you were in another country, but some can leave you vulnerable to scammers.
Be careful which VPN you use as some do not have enough controls to prevent hackers from accessing your personal content.
Make your password strong
Similar to avoiding a default password, you should make sure the one you choose is strong.
Websites usually recommend what type of password is required, so make sure you follow that, even if it means adding lots of extra numbers and symbols.
Be careful with cloud services
If you store your data in cloud services, make sure it’s protected.
Apple’s iCloud is known for being fairly secure, but there are some cloud apps that could leave you vulnerable to attacks.
Be careful about the content you upload to the cloud and who you allow access to it.
Watch out for “misconfigured services”
This point is more about the services themselves, as they are responsible for protecting your data.
Previous research by IBM Security X-Force found that two-thirds of cloud security incidents could have been avoided with the right security policies.
Don’t fail to spot a phishing scam
If you receive an email or SMS with a suspicious link, you should avoid it, even if the link points to something seemingly important.
Scammers rely on scaring you or convincing you that you will get something good.
Phishing scams are easy to spot if you know what to look for, such as: B. Misspellings, incorrect use of names, and weird email addresses.
Make sure you have the right protection
The last security tip concerns endpoint detection.
This is software designed to detect a threat that has already bypassed some barriers so you can try to block it before it spreads.
Make sure you have or invest in strong security software.
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