IoT devices have taken the issue of the data security breach to an altogether new level. Rising reports about the number of incidents where users suffer a security breach despite enough awareness by the us cyber security experts indicate towards but one thing, carelessness. More than 40% of users, reportedly, choose to click on untrustworthy links despite suspicious. All these factors compromise the security and hackers are able to remotely access your devices. So, if you want to save your devices from being hacked, just adopt the cyber habits listed below.
- A Healthy Password Routine
A well-created password is;
- 8-12 characters long (the longer the better)
- A combination of numbers, symbols, and letters (uppercase and lowercase, both)
The best ways to keep such a strong password exclusive are;
- Not using the same password for any two accounts or devices
- Keeping the password as confidential as possible by not sharing it with other people
- Logging out of your email account(s) if using an IoT device that’s not yours
- Install Security Tools
The 2 best security tools after the backdoor password are firewall and antivirus.
Firewall virtually exists between the information in your device and people on the other side of the web. As long as it remains unbreached, the data in your devices will remain safe.
Antivirus serves the role of detecting and removing hidden viruses. It can;
- Scan emails to locate viruses and raise an alert
- Scan hidden folders to keep the system free of viruses like a trojan horse
- Scan external devices like a pen drive and remove viruses
- Email Monitoring Tips
An email is the biggest phishing source that affects individual users and business alike. It’s hard to differentiate phishing emails from the normal ones if they are able to breach Google filter tools.
A few successful methods to reduce the threat of phishing include the following.
- Deleting unsolicited emails that demand any kind of information
- Checking the CC section and deleting emails that are sent to multiple users
- Removing emails that have a missing Subject Line and/or Subject Matter
- Using URL scanners to test a link before opening it. If the link turns out to be adulterated in any way, the scanner tool will be able to detect the change
Some other invaluable tips to reduce the threat of an online security breach include the following.
- Install software updates
- Enable browser plugin
- Remove old files and apps that are no longer useful
- Read the ‘Terms and Conditions’ before allowing a third-party website to collect your information