Hacks cost the economy an average $100 billion per year in the US only. They affect everyone from massive corporations to small businesses and even individual users. Hacks aren’t only expensive, they’re also time-consuming. Although operating systems and devices offer some basic protection, users need to take security measures into their own hands. That’s why we’ve put together this list of data safety essentials that will ensure your safety online.
Your files are valuable. They contain sensitive information, such as financial statements, bank records, and work documents. Along with that, they may contain personal photos and videos, downloaded content, and other things valuable to you. For this reason, there’s a rise of ransomware and similar attacks on individual users. In the past, hackers often targeted files to use private information.
Although this is common, more hackers are shifting to ransomware attacks. With these, hackers either restrict access to a file or threaten to expose it to the public unless a person or corporation pays a large sum of money. NordLocker is an extremely powerful tool against these types of attacks. It encrypts your files with the most advanced ciphers and principles, making your files nearly bulletproof.
This is important when you use public WiFi networks at places like airports, restaurants, and cafes. VPNs or virtual private networks encrypt your internet connection with an extremely tough AES-256 protocol. Not only that, it conceals your browsing from hackers, ISPs, governments, and other prying eyes. This total privacy protection ensures you can browse the web and not worry about cybercriminals tracking you online.
We’re in an era of great technological transition. Many people embrace biometric security features, while others find it to be creepy. It’s natural for some users to be a little suspicious about corporations having access to personally-identifying features such as fingerprints and facial recognition.
However, the truth is that anytime you carry around a smartphone or internet-enabled device, you’re already allowing yourself to be tracked. So take advantage of the amazing security benefits that come along with this and use this technology to secure your devices. They’re not only convenient but also ensure that only you have access. As a backup precaution, make sure you have a minimum six-digit passcode to unlock your devices as well.
Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the top tech buzzwords right now. Over the next few years, we’ll see more and more everyday devices connecting to the internet. This is more than just smart toasters and refrigerators. It also includes such life-changing products as autonomous vehicles and other amazing new technologies. With many of these devices now connecting to the internet, however, you do need to ensure they are secured against cyber threats.
They typically don’t have the same type of built-in security such as firewalls and virus scans as your OS. And although someone may not be able to get much data from a smart thermostat, they could use the device to jump onto your network and hack other devices connected to it. There are several ways to protect yourself, however. Begin by using a VPN on any IoT device. You can also scan them for malware, viruses, and check to make sure there has been no unauthorized access.
We’ve all seen messages like this when we install new apps and operating systems “send crash logs and performance info to the developer.” This is coded language. It makes people think they are helping to improve their apps. It’s a way for companies to track data usage. In some cases, it is benign, such as monitoring the performance of an app over time.
However, some companies use these or lose restrictions to gain access to people’s contacts, messaging history, and other personal information. This happens much more common than you realize. Go through your apps allow them access only to what they need to function. The same goes with data sharing both automatically though apps and what you share with other people on the internet.
When it comes to digital security, it’s up to you to keep yourself safe. Everything begins by securing your offline and cloud files with easy to use and powerful NordLocker. From here, protect your internet connection with a VPN. Next, take advantage of biometric security features which are not only convenient but an extremely secure way to protect your apps and devices. Make sure you secure your IoT devices, as they become an increasing part of our daily lives. Finally, prevent unnecessary data leakage by limiting data sharing and app access. Through this combined digital strategy, you’ll be able to protect yourself no matter where you are.