With all the advancements in technology in recent years, everything can now be done online. However, this has also resulted in more sophisticated hackers and other cyber criminals finding ways to perpetrate attacks. To stay safe online, it is essential to use a few simple cybersecurity tips for 2020.
It’s wise to use two-factor authentication to keep yourself protected while online. While criminals have grown savvy enough to hack your mobile devices, you can use this to stay safe. Two-factor authentication works by requiring additional information after logging into a device using your username and password. This protects against unauthorized logins. They are usually done via a code that is sent to the user via text message.
Password managers have become highly popular in the past few years, and with good reason. If you have several different passwords for different login sources, it’s good, but if you have trouble remembering all of them, a password manager is absolutely essential. You can conveniently store your passwords in one place and can also enjoy the peace of mind that they are safe and secure from the prying eyes of criminals.
More people than ever rely on a virtual private network or VPN when they get online. A VPN is a tool that allows you to browse the Internet essentially incognito as it masks your true IP address by using a server that gives you an IP from somewhere else. In other words, you can log into a VPN server and physically be in New York, but your IP address may be showing you as being in France.
Knowing how to spot a potential threat is one of the biggest keys to smart, effective cybersecurity. If you receive an email or text message that appears suspicious, go with your gut feeling. Avoid clicking on anything within the message if there is a link included or an attachment. This is one of the most common cyberattacks for criminals to gain access to your precious personal or financial information. If something appears suspicious, there’s usually a good reason for that. Delete the message or mark it as spam. If you receive a text on your smartphone, you can even block the sender.
Of course, one good cybersecurity measure you can take is to use antivirus and anti-malware software on your computer. Additionally, you may want to use those programs on your tablet and smartphone as well if you use Android. They can detect online threats and keep your devices safer. In addition, these programs are regularly updated to account for all the newest viruses and other malware coming out every single day.
These are some of the most important online security tips for you to follow as 2020 progresses. When you are smarter about your online life, your devices and sensitive information will be protected.