Why we should take Information security serious
Judging by the current cyber security issues all over the world You need nobody to tell you that people don’t take information security serious.
Have you ever asked yourself why 80% of internet users are only interested in how to make money?
The answer is because everyone wants to have a good living , but only a little fraction of this number care about how to protect themselves online.
That is the main reason why many people are being scammed almost on daily basis because they pay little attention to information security.
one may be wondering what this information security is all about, and that leads us to the big question.
Information security is the state of being protected against the unauthorized use of information, especially electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.
“the growing use of mobile applications is posing a risk to information security”
Statistics shows that about 4.93 billion people are using mobile phones in 2018 and about 3.58 billion out of 4.93 are using internet worldwide according to statistics.com.
This is to tell you the tremendous growth in this industry (ICT), but the question is how many of these people take the security of their data serious.
Apart from those looking for how to make money, many others are shopping online.
Almost everyone wants to take their business online because it’s a booming market place that will enable them have access to unlimited customers to do businesses with.
Many have considered online shopping as the most convenient and stress-free way of buying things and that’s why the market has increased tremendously.
Because people don’t want to suffer themselves shopping in our traditional market place which is offline, in fact some will tell you that it’s not proper for you to suffer to make money and suffer yourself again just to spend it.
However, all these online buyers have they really thought of the security of the information they supply to these sellers willingly?
Only a few will consider that as a problem,
Security of this data should be your priority each time you want to do any business online, like some would say,
There is no security threat in giving out their names to online sellers, my home address won’t be useful for any malicious activities.
But then what about your credit card information?
Did I hear you say that credit card data is not a valuable information for hackers?..
Sorry to disappoint you because the most important data from the list above is the credit card number.
As you are busy searching for that websites/stores that sells cheap, hackers are also busy searching for that website that is vulnerable to attack or hack,
what do you think these bad guys are looking for?
All they are interested in is the credit cards, email address and names but the major target is the credit card numbers.
Before we proceed.
A computer hacker is someone who develops, changes or attempts to circumvent computer security hardware or software. This can either happen for negative (criminal) or positive reasons. Criminal hackers develop computer malware or spyware to gain access to confidential information.
Our main focus will be on the NEGATIVE ones that hacks for criminal purposes, their work is to discover the vulnerability of a system or website and break into their database to extract data for malicious activities.
In order to stay safe you need to have an idea of these computer tricks and secrets to enable you secure your information online.
You should be able to identify these websites/stores that are prone to attack and avoid them completely if you want to stay out of safe.
someone will be like “I don’t know all these unsecured sites how do I avoid them,” don’t worry I will show you how to identify them.
Some of the tips I’m going to give you is very simple but only a few Know about this simple cyber security tips.
But after reading this post you will be able to identify websites that are secure once you see them, you don’t need any software for you to be able to achieve that.. Now follow me.
Before giving out any information to a website/store always make sure it is safe
These are the things you should be looking out for when checking for a secured websites.
Check the SSL Certificate
Look at the address (Url) of the website. If it starts with “https” instead of “http” it means the site is secured using an SSL Certificate (the s stands for secure). SSL Certificates secure all of your data as it is passed from your browser to the website’s server.
Looking at the address bar you will notice green address bar with a key lock icon for websites with SSL certificates as shown in the picture below. The area circled with red marker.
Never you register or create account on any site that is not legit, no matter how strong your password is, your data can not be safe on fake websites, always look out for sites with wrong address spelling and avoid them as quickly as possible
2. Unique and strong passwords is highly recommended
Always make sure you use a very strong password, mix numbers with alphabets and other unique characters, make sure it’s long enough, includes upper and lower case characters, avoid anything that is related to you like date of birth, nickname street address, etc
Good password: Ube35Ha@7
Bad password: 123455
3. Log out of sites when you not using them
Once you log into a site it creates a cookie in your browser, which is your identifier that identifies you and if stolen can compromise your account, more especially those sites that hold sensitive information like your bank account or credit card number.
The best is to log out once you’re done.
Log out of any site you use on a public computer or your own network.
Log out of any online banking or shopping site you visit , even on your home computer and your own network.
However, it’s okay to keep your home computer logged on to accounts like your email or social media as long as you keep your computer locked while you are away.
Phishing scammers uses fake emails or messages to make you share personal information with them . If you see an email from a strange address or from an address you know but with a suspicious message, just move it to your spam folder, it could also include links that might look legitimate asking you to click and update your information, never you click on any link until you can verify that it’s a legitimate message.
Phishing scammers are often after your bank account or Social Security number, so be extra careful if you get an email requesting money, login credentials, or very personal information.
Most software updates come with security upgrades, so it’s very important that you have the latest version of the software at all times. To easily download updates as soon as they come out, turn on automatic updates in your computer’s Settings.
For the most reliable smartphone protection, you can download free or buy a mobile security package like Norton.
These tools typically come with a firewall and spam protection, as well as GPS tracking to help you find a lost or stolen device
Some security packages also come with remote locking capabilities to prevent a stolen phone from being used.
Try as much as possible to always off your Bluetooth when not in use, with Bluetooth connection hackers can access your mobile phone data even without being paired with the target device, it’s very possible but it’s going to be a topic of its own. Ben Seri, a researcher wrote something on blueborn, a Bluetooth attacking worm, view his report here
With these little on information security tips, I believe you can now stay safe as you surf the internet, there are so many of them but let’s stop here for now.
Always have it at the back of your mind that the safety of your data depends on your actions.
As hackers are working very hard to penetrate into those vulnerable systems out there, we will be giving you cyber security tips that will keep you few steps ahead of them.
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