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Simple Tips To Watch Your Digital Back

by Martha Simmonds

Last year was a strong and chilling reminder that we all need to be very serious about watching our digital back. Ransomware has become second nature in cyberspace impacting countless large organizations across the globe.

A myriad of unsuspecting users have lost access to online accounts from Netflix to their Amazon shopping account as a result of malware keylogger attacks and other types of cyberattacks. Many are wondering “what is spam” and even don’t know how to tell a legitimate email from a spam email.

The digital knives behind our backs are mounting in numbers and complexity and more than ever we need to protect our digital backs in the most proactive way possible.

Let’s go over some tips to do just that:

1. Purchase a Comprehensive Cybersecurity Suite

Proactively and prudently watching your digital back consists of first and foremost ensuring that you purchase and install comprehensive anti-malware antivirus cyber security solution across all your endpoint devices.

The solution should be from a reputable and experienced player in the cyber security space with a solid track record coupled with countless reliable long term customer testimonials.

If you are not sure which solution is the best for you, the next wise step is to download a free trial and evaluate the product and its respective core characteristics.

Characteristics such as UI – user interface and UX -user experience, online help for the product and other value-added options such as a VPN client and browser level protection should be considered during the evaluation period.

Once you feel confident with the product, the next wise and cyber responsible step, is to purchase the full version without delay to ensure uninterrupted protection across all your devices.

2. Cybersecurity Self-Education

Self-education can start by going to websites of reputable anti-malware companies which may have great free learning resources such as a glossary and cyber threat learning center including very informative internal blogs.

Let’s go over some of the cyber security threats you will need to self educate yourself on.

  • DDoS
  • Whaling
  • Trojan Viruses
  • Pharming
  • Malware in all its forms
  • Ransomware
  • Keyloggers
  • Cryptojacking
  • IP Cyber Theft
  • Phishing
  • Zero-day Exploits
  • Spear Phishing
  • Corporate Espionage
  • MitM or Man in the Middle cyberattacks
  • SQL Injections
  • Password Cracking
  • Rootkits
  • IoT Cyber Attacks
  • Social Engineering or Mind Hacking

3. Literally Watch Your Real Back to Protect Your Digital Back

Always watch your back when it comes to your endpoint devices, One of the most popular methods that hackers use as part of their cyber hack plan is real-world social interactions which involve manipulations with the objective to gain access to devices and even facilities with information related devices as part of the hack.

This is more widely known as social engineering and requires almost 0 technical knowledge and more strength on the social-psychological side.

A social engineering “actor” could be a person you least expect from your cleaning lady to someone you just met on Tinder.

The key is to be aware of any suspicious behavior including requests to use your laptop or any other device.

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