The Importance of Protecting Your Data from Cybercriminals

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We actually cannot emphasize enough on the importance of protecting your data.

Along with the personal damages that could occur, when data is tampered with, businesses are also at risk, when hackers, or scammers get access to their database.

People constantly update security in their homes, to make it difficult for thieves to break in.

This is the same way we ought to be on alert, with our smartphones and data.

Ensuring that you are aware of the many things that could go wrong, when hackers get access to data, adopting anti-hacking tools to protect yourself, leaves you less vulnerable to attacks.

What could go wrong, when hackers or scammers get access to your data? Below are some of them:

Data Ransom 

This type of ransom, also known as the ransomware attack, is one of the fastest-growing cyber attacks.

Here, the hacker steals your data and holds on to it for ransom.

Hackers are able to execute the data ransom attack, by gaining unauthorized access to your data, encrypting it, or moving it, then, charging a ransom, in order to restore the owner’s access to it.

Identify Theft

With hacking, data breaches occur and this involves stealing personal information.

Personal information could be usernames and passwords, credit card and bank account details and even, Personal Identification Numbers, (PINs).

Attackers can use information gained to break into other accounts, assume your identity and commit crimes in your name, or even, sell your credit card details to other people.

Below are some tips for protecting data:

Never Access Important Data Using Public Wi-Fi

Regardless of the urgency of the situation, never conduct personal, or financial transactions, using public WiFi.

The end result could be more than you bargained for and could cost you more.

Activities, such as checking your bank account, or making purchases with a credit card, should be done from a secured connection.

The Two-Factor Authentication

This is, especially, for businesses. While passwords give protection from hackers and scammers, a second layer for protecting data could be more helpful.

Fortunately, online platform companies, like Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft, offer you the option of enabling the two-factor authentication.

All that is required is, typing in a numerical code, in addition to your password, when you login.

This adds extra protection.

Keep Apps, Browsers and Operating Systems Updated

Pay attention to notifications instructing you to update.

Most updates come with security fixes that prevent hackers from accessing your data and causing damages.

The same goes for apps and operating systems. Installing all new updates can help you stay less vulnerable.

Use a Password, Lock Code, or Encryption

It is always important to have a password, lock code, or encryption on your smartphone or computer.

This would restrict the number of people with access to your smartphone and data.

As much as possible, also, avoid using auto-complete features for passwords.

While your passwords should be made up of different characters and cases, you can, also, use the storage encryption feature on your phone to protect data that is private.

Allow Only Credible Apps

Permit only app downloads, from trustworthy sources with an established reputation.

Be skeptical about links and attachments. If you are not sure about the source of a link or an attachment, or you get a notification warning of impending danger to your phone, do not use the link and do not open the attachment.

While we hope for a permanent solution to data breaches, hackers and scammers, it is important that we stay aware and protect ourselves and businesses as much as possible.

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