Worried about getting hacked? Here’s how to step-up your cyber security game in 2019.
Fraud and cyber crime are the most common forms of crime in the UK. As cyber security threats continue to evolve and expand, it’s important to remember one thing – most of it can be prevented. By following just a few quick and simple steps, you can make it difficult for cyber criminals to get into your devices and online accounts. Here’s what you need to do:
Using outdated software? You’re leaving the door open for cyber criminals.
Do you ever ignore software update notifications? Doing so leaves you exposed to security risks. Criminals exploit weaknesses in the software you use every day to attack your devices and steal sensitive information, such as your card details. Always install the latest software and app updates to ensure your data and devices are being protected with the latest security improvements.
Your email account – The one account to rule them all
If your email account gets hacked, it could be used to compromise all of your other accounts. That’s why it’s so important to properly secure it. Start by ensuring you’re using a strong, separate password. This prevents a compromised password from one of your other online accounts being used to get into your email. You should also enable two-factor authentication as it prevents criminals from accessing your account even if they’ve managed to steal your password.
Have you already been hacked?
Have I Been Pwned is a useful service that allows anyone to check if their accounts have already been compromised in a data breach. Go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to check if one of your accounts has been breached.