about training yourself to think proactively about your security as you do with your daily personal hygiene to prevent cyber threats and online security breaches. Cyber hygiene should be a routine practice that should be a constant whenever interacting with any device that connects to the internet.
Here are a few tips to practice good cyber habits:
Install reputable antivirus and anti-malware software
Antivirus software is a program that scans for and eradicates computer viruses and other malicious software or malware. This is a vital component of your overall cyber hygiene in its protection against security breaches along with other threats. It is important to always keep antivirus software up to date.
Use strong Passwords
Remember If your letter combinations are not in the dictionary, your phrases are not in published literature, and none of it is grammatically correct, it will be harder to crack.
Example: Use: [email protected]
Use two-steps authentication
A lot of websites and applications have adopted two steps or multiple-steps authentication for users to access their accounts. While these additional layers of security are mandatory for some sites others have left the adoption optional.
Opt into two-steps authentication for login-in to your account when the provision is available as it increases your online security.
Do Not interact with unsolicited messages
Do not click on suspicious links, do not respond to messages from strangers, and only download apps from official app stores after first reading other users' reviews.
Regularly Backup your files
It a good practice to keep a backup of important files on external hard disks or other computers that are not connected to the internet. These can help protect against data loss especial if your main device is compromised. You can also back up your important files to the cloud.
Do not engage cyber bullies/online trolls
Do not respond if someone bullies you, remember that your reaction is usually exactly what the bully wants. It gives the bully power over you. Save the evidence and show it to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it is minor stuff in case things escalate. You should block any suspected online troll.
Online game tips
Use two-step or two-factor verification method for Online games. Get familiar with the privacy settings for the games and console so that there are no surprises. Know which personal information is being stored, why, and what can be shared. Always ensure to end games immediately an online opponent is exhibiting suspicious behaviors.