By Joe Sousa
September 25, 2017
As our reliance upon computer and mobile computing devices increases, we need to take simple steps to protect our devices and ourselves from cyber criminals. Here are my top tips to help you keep your identity and data safe so you can have the best defenses possible and avoid being hacked.
1. Unsure? Don’t click it. It’s important to note that technology alone will never be able to fully protect you. Attackers have learned to bypass even the most advanced security technology by attacking you. If they want your password, credit card, or personal data, the easiest thing for them to do is to trick you into giving them this information. For example, they can call you pretending to be Microsoft tech support and claim that your computer is infected. But really, they’re just cyber thieves who want access to your computer.
Or, they might send you an email explaining that your package could not be delivered and ask you to click on a link to confirm your mailing address. But they’re tricking you into visiting a malicious website that will hack into your computer. This is how attacks like ransomware start.
You are the greatest defense against attackers. Don’t click links unless you know you can trust the source, and you’re certain of where the link will send you. If you are unsure about a link, the best thing to do is delete the email.