Practical Tips to Overcome Cybercrime
As the trend for online purchasing and transaction increases, the demand for its service providers also increases and some grab this chance to commit a crime.
Enjoying the benefits of online purchasing gives its users leverage from the inconvenience of doing it physically but does not discount one from the possibility of being remotely robbed. The growing incidents of being hacked or getting your accounts stolen has now become a phobia to it victims.
The “prevention is better than cure” motto is still quite significant in the cyber world. However, I could say that at this time, knowledge and discipline is the key to combating cybercrime and securing oneself. Another equally relevant saying goes like this: “curiosity kills the cat”. Therefore, disciplining oneself to be mindful in opening untrusted sites is one of the things that a netizen should develop. This “point of no return” literally means saying goodbye to your online banking accounts, social accounts, to your documents and possibly everything you have online. Worst case, your integrity is put at stake without you knowing it.
Practical Tips to Ensure Cyber Security
For this reason, password files need to be kept protected the same way we keep our ATM card passwords. It is very important to follow the tips provided as follows:
- In making online account passwords, include a minimum of 8 alphanumeric characters and include capital and small letters.
- Get yourself updated real-time about your online activities
- Regularly do password changes to save you from falling into the tactics of cybercriminals such as keylogging.
- Many service providers now offer identity verification as soon as your account is accessed from another unknown device which includes a prompt message to your mobile number with codes to confirm that it is you who is using and not somebody else. Activate this!
- Be knowledgeable about the current online scams lurking in the cyber world.
- When accessing websites involving direct credit card information or checking account information, be vigilant to check if it has a padlock symbol or icon that ensures users that it is duly authorized to accept such vital information. Usually, websites with “https” URL means that the page is secure using encryption technology and Secure Socket Layer.
- When using payment processors or merchant services, use credible, reliable and efficient providers like Redfynn Technologies. This way, one can remotely access send payments and enter financial information without compromising security.
To sum it up, one must have knowledge and practice discipline to protect and be confident in doing online transactions. Other practical tips include removing known suspicious applications, ensuring passwords are safely stored in encrypted mode, getting warned about suspicious sites, blocking the phishing ones, installing updated computer antivirus/malware and lastly, never allowing third-party software from untrusted sources to be installed on your computer.