The COVID-19 pandemic means we are spending more time online for work, entertainment or leisure purposes. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of this so it is important to have tools to protect you and your family.
Established in 2020 by the Department of Finance, the NI Cyber Security Center works to make Northern Ireland secure, secure and resilient to cyber for its citizens and businesses. By focusing on building a better information society and business community to better protect technology, systems and data from cyber attacks, you can learn more about how to protect yourself Here,
Regardless of your level of understanding, your online data needs to be protected from potential cyber-attacks. From adding an extra layer of security to little tips and tricks to keep in mind, below we’ve got some examples of how you can remember passwords, patches, and repairs.
Updating your password is probably one of the first things that comes to mind, but there’s more to it than that. Making sure you have unique passwords for different platforms/accounts is equally important, as it can make it more difficult for a potential hacker to access your information.
random use of words
There is a reason why so many websites are now blocking people from using passwords like “password1234” etc. These can be easily guessed by a person trying to access the account, leaving open the possibility for them to reset it and block your access.
One way to access this would be to create a password that includes seemingly unrelated words and numbers, such as “chair tennis torch 187.” Much harder to guess than using the name of a beloved pet in your hometown or family, it’s a great way to add an extra layer of security to your online account.
save them to your browser
Web browsers like Chrome or Edge are used every day, but you might not know that they can also help you remember your passwords. By allowing your browser to store them securely for you, you no longer need to keep track of them yourself (risky in itself!) by doing something like writing them down on a piece of paper.
This will make it easier for you to follow the advice already given about using different passwords. Once your main browser account (Chrome for Google, Outlook for Edge, etc.) has a strong password, it can take some of the pressure off your hands.
Setting up two-factor authentication is quite essential for anyone using social media and email, be it for personal or business reasons. An added security to protect your account in case someone tries to gain access to it illegally, this means you don’t have to rely solely on passwords.
The additional step is that you must enter a code that is sent to you (often via email or text) to verify your identity. In short, this means that someone with access to your password will no longer be able to automatically take control of the account.
keep devices up to date
If you don’t have your phone set up to download updates automatically, also known as patches, there’s a chance that a list of apps needing an update will start to form. While it may work perfectly fine and you might not notice anything different with it, it can leave you open to potential cyber attacks.
Online privacy is a top priority for many of the websites/apps we use on a daily basis, but the people running the apps have to constantly find new ways to protect your data. Using the latest version of the software (downloaded only from trusted sources), helps ensure you’re getting the best protection.
keep your data safe
While there’s a lot you can do to help keep your data from being stolen, it’s always worth being prepared for something to go wrong. If you lose files in a cyberattack or if your devices get damaged, having a backup can help mitigate the impact a bit.
Archiving online backups with software like Google Drive or Apple iCloud is one way. Setting up two-factor authentication with a strong password can provide peace of mind when anything happens to your data.
If hackers break into your devices or accounts, they can access or steal your money, your personal information, or information about your business.
Protect yourself and your personal data from cybercriminals – remember passwords, patch and prepare. To know more, visit NI Cyber Security Center website Here,
If you are a victim of a cyber attack, report Action Fraud or PSNI on 101.