How Can Consumers Easily Improve Their Cyber Security Habits?

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How Can Consumers Easily Improve Their Cyber Security Habits?

You can do many things to improve your cyber security habits to stay safe online, from the obvious to the less obvious, which we will be taking a closer look at right here.

Top Tips for Improving Your Online Security

The following methods are either free or relatively affordable and can significantly improve your online security to keep you out of harm’s way from hackers.

Whether it’s visiting Netflix to watch your favourite movies, going to an online casino to play your favourite live casino games, or visiting your online bank account to check your latest statement, some of the most important cyber security measures you should always remember when browsing the internet are the following:

  • Always check to make sure the website has the necessary Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption certificates and protection, indicated by the page’s padlock icon
  • Don’t ever give your password to anyone, and always remember that nobody should EVER even request your password from you. Also, never save your password on a shared computer
  • When creating a new password,  remember to make it difficult for hackers to guess. In other words, try to use at least ten characters while including a random number of symbols, numbers, and letters
  • Although it’s much easier said than done, don’t forget to change your password from time to time (two or three times per year is recommended) or whenever you feel as though any of your online accounts have been compromised
  • Use different passwords for different accounts. In other words, don’t use the same password for all of your accounts because once someone knows the password for one of your accounts, they can easily access all of your other accounts

Honourable Mentions

Some of the other tried and tested cyber security precautions you can use to improve your online security include always thinking twice before opening any files you download from the internet.

Always check they are from a verified/trusted publisher, and always remember to update your programs as often as possible. Some harmful files can harvest information or corrupt files and damage your computer/mobile device.

To ensure you don’t lose valuable information, documents, videos, images, etc., don’t forget to back up your personal files on the cloud or an external hard drive every now and then. It would also be a good idea to turn on 2FA (two-factor authentication), where possible, to protect your accounts better.

If you’re eager to sign up to an online casino, for example, make sure that a reputable operator controls the casino and that the casino is fully licensed by a renowned online gambling licensing authority.

What Else Can I Do to Stay Safe?

One of the other things you can do to stay safe online is to regularly check your financial statements just to check that nobody has used your account. Also, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when browsing the internet, and ALWAYS have a trusted antivirus program switched on.

Finally, think twice about the websites you are trying to visit. If something seems suspicious, the chances are that there’s something not right about the website, so close the page and try and find somewhere else that has what you’re looking for.

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