Last Updated on February 15, 2021
In the past few years, many people have started using their tech devices to perform many tasks and operations over the internet and store personal data and files. Without the right precautions, all the information stored on these devices can be extremely vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Although internet security has drastically improved and many internet users are much more careful nowadays because they know the dangers that lie hidden in the digital space, there are still way too many victims of frauds and scams each year. It’s a real game of cat and mouse: as people and software get more prepared to deal with scamming attempts, scammers get more innovative and create new methods. To protect your data and identity online and decrease these cybercrime statistics, you should become familiar with some key security measures.
1. Use secure and different passwords
This is the number one rule to keep your identity safe. If you are careful enough to use different and complex passwords on your various accounts, you’ll probably also be careful enough on other aspects of internet security and avoid scam attempts. A strong password should ideally be completely random and include letters, capital letters, symbols, and numbers. You should also use different complex passwords on every online account (if you use the same password everywhere, all your accounts will be compromised if eventually, a hacker finds out that specific password), and change the password from time to time on sensitive accounts like bank accounts and cloud services, for example. If all these criteria seem too complicated to follow, you should use a password manager. 1password or BitWarden (a free alternative) are often considered two great and secure options to help you manage all your passwords. Additional tip: to have an extra layer of security, you should enable two-factor authentication whenever possible.
2. Be cautious with public free Wi-Fi networks
Nowadays, free Wi-Fi is available nearly everywhere, especially in big cities. People are so used to these services that most don’t think twice before connecting their devices to any random public network. That can be a huge mistake. Besides being more vulnerable than private Wi-Fi networks, scammers also have a couple of free Wi-Fi scams up their sleeve. One of the most common ones consists of creating a fake free Wi-Fi hotspot to steal information from users who connect to it. If you want to prevent online scams against you, don’t use random public Wi-Fi networks to perform sensitive operations! Or at least make sure beforehand that you are using a trustworthy and secure network.