How to protect your gadgets in a malware dominated environment?
It’s the age of the internet. We can find any information, apps, or entertainment at the touch of a button. Modernised beyond our imagination, we are trapped inside a mirage of extensive technology. Even though technology has made our life easy and decadent, the threats that arise from it are countless as well.
In such a fast-paced life, we rarely see how authentic the things we download or use are. We tend to have blind faith in our gadgets. This generally results in our information being stolen, used in an unethical way or destroyed. Viruses, spyware, trojans, worms are just a few names in an endless list of malicious software. We can never predict when a cyber-attack may come, in which form or in which manner. A pen-drive may get corrupted when inserted in a virus infected computer. A trojan horse maybe downloaded while downloading one of your favourite movies. Your personal details were stolen in a moment while using a not so secure network. Small mistakes lead to huge disasters.
In order to protect our gadgets, it is better to take precautionary measures. Most of us know the basics-be it installing anti-virus, deleting unknown emails, not doing online transactions through phones, or using secure networks.
Here are a few more measures that may help you fight back cyber-attacks that float around us.
Although apps from various websites may seem very addictive, abstain yourself from downloading them from untrustworthy websites. Google Play, Apple App Store provide us with apps which are both secure and safe. Question yourself if you really need this app. Read and understand the permissions.
2.Install appropriate security systems
Security systems help in detecting viruses, phishing scams and other malwares. They help in restoring lost data and even locks devices. Norton Security and McAfee Total protection being some of the widely used security systems.
One of the most important things to do is to keep your software up to date. Generally, new versions are brought out, due to some security flaw in previous edition. Hence it is always better to keep your software updated. Especially your anti-virus software so that it is able to detect the new viruses that are released.
4.Use pins and passwords
Protect your information using various pins and passwords and try to use different ones for different accounts. Update your passwords once in a while and try to use an online keyboard while typing the passwords.
Probably one of the easiest and most sensible thing to do is to always backup your data over a certain period of time. We may not know when an attack may come, but at least when it does our data would be safe. Having one or more copy of data may increase the storage space but if the information is very important then it would be worth the hassle.
People easily fall for mails like winning a lottery or earning a million dollars a week. Giving away personal information to such mails is one of the most ignorant mistake people do. One should avoid even opening such mails however tempting they may be.
One of the easiest but must do things is to log out. After you are done using your account always log out irrespective of the fact that it is your own phone or not. A logged-on account makes the gadget vulnerable. Malwares sometimes can also read the cookie history.
It is a generation where information is more valuable than anything else. If it falls into the wrong hands, huge losses and tragedies may occur.
What’s the point in showing off a costly device if it’s not secure enough to protect your personal information? Let us immune our gadgets against malware and live a worry-free life.