The cyber security industry is growing even now while you are reading this, as more malware is created and launched every day. It is estimated that each year, cyber attacks cost businesses up to 400 billion dollars. If you think that you can rest assured because they only target government fronts and large corporations then you are wrong. Cyber criminals do not mind targeting people personally; they’ll take immense pleasure in doing so, as individuals fall as easy targets to hackers.
Atypical user like you and I may not have the luxury and budget to conduct regular security audits and penetration tests, as large corporations would. Despite this, you can follow some of the simple but important computer security practices below to protect yourself against cyber crime:
Leave UAC Enabled
Initially when Microsoft introduced the UAC (User Account Control) on the Vista operating software, it bugged the hell of everyone as it was a little too intrusive especially when installing new software. However, the UAC will help you prevent malicious software from modifying your system without permission.
Enable Your Firewall and Configure It Correctly
Since Windows computer has a built-in firewall, you will not be required to download a third-party firewall. The firewall blocks unsolicited incoming connections.
Java has constantly been vulnerable to massive security threats. Another tragic story relating to Java is that many Java applets online are so rare on the web these days that only handful of people actually will need Java installed.
Avoid Pirated and Cracked Software
Downloading pirated and cracked software from peer-to-peer network is a bad idea from a security stand point. Software is basically a machine code that can be tampered with, and you can’t possibly know whether or not software includes malicious code.
Don’t Reuse Passwords
Using the same password for every other account means that a leak from one account could divulge our username, password and email address, which hackers can try on other websites to gain access to your accounts. Using a unique password relieve your worries, even if your account details end up getting leaked.
Beware of Phishing and Social Engineering
Be extra careful when disclosing your information online as you may end up becoming a victim of phishing. Phishing is very similar to a call you receive on your phone from someone claiming to be a bank representative and asking for your credit card number. Do not click on the link that has been sent to you; go directly to the bank’s website instead as clicking the link that was sent to you may land you up on an impostor site.