Things you are failing on cybersecurity and you don’t even know about it
Securing your network has never been simple. However, the ever-evolving attacks of threats from hackers and cybercriminals are making life more difficult for anyone on the internet—even for cyber security professionals. Data breaches are on the rise, with nearly five million data records lost or stolen globally every day.
The focus seems to be shifting away from destructive malware and toward spyware and data retrieval in the face of new and persistent threats. And the cost of the continually rising number of cyberattacks is high for businesses. Although public awareness of cyberattacks has grown recently, businesses continue to make the same kinds of cybersecurity mistakes.
Even if they are unaware of it, most people are guilty of engaging in risky internet conduct. From carelessly clicking suspicious links to relying on an anti-virus solution, here are some mindless bad habits that would make hackers happy.
Clicking On Suspicious Links
Sometimes all you do is just click the download button for that free music or check the link that your aunt sent you. You don’t know the link, but you follow it anyway—and voila, you land on a very suspicious page with flashy ads popping out left and right. When you click on a suspicious link, your computer may become infected with malware that could allow other parties to access your personal data, including bank account and credit card credentials. Always visit trustworthy websites before you click through if you want to stay secure. Any Google search will typically have the most secure links at the top, but if you’re ever unsure, don’t click the link.
Clicking Some Shortened Links
It’s common to see shortened links on social media, due to the limitation of characters in one posting. People are telling you to watch their show, buy their books, listen to their podcast, or simply share their favorite blog via a shortened link. However, anyone on the internet can pretend to be a good folk and shorten a suspicious link.
When you click on a short link, you can be clicking on malware and aren’t sure where you’re going. Use a browser with link previews to avoid falling into this trap. These previews let you see the web page’s title, description, and thumbnail image before you click. Don’t click through if it doesn’t appear to be authentic.
Using the Same Password Without Two-Factor Authentication
One of the top rules on the internet: is never to use the same password again and again. Making all of your passwords for banking, government, and e-commerce websites the same truly makes a hacker’s day. By hacking into only one of your accounts, this practice known as “daisy chaining” allows all of your accounts to be compromised. Make sure you use different passwords for each of your accounts and change them about every six months. Even though having to remember so many passwords could be challenging, it’s well worth it to avoid the enormous hassle and identity theft that might result if an attacker manages to access all of your accounts.
Using Public Wifi to Access Personal Information
Now, there’s nothing wrong with using public wifi to browse on latest news updates. But if you are using public wifi to access your personal information, you might as well open your doors to hackers. These networks are frequently insecure, and worse still, they might be traps. Hackers know that you will expect complimentary wifi when you enter a coffee shop or restaurant. They might create another free wifi network filled with the malware access point to attract you to join the network. As soon as you sign up for the network, you run the risk of granting access to passwords and other sensitive information to hackers. Next time, never access your online bank account or pay your bills on the coffee shop’s wifi.
Procrastinating on Internet Software Updates
Spending time on software updates is probably not something we do for leisure. If we can delay the software updates for eternity, we would—until it’s necessary. But failing on internet browser updates makes us susceptible to any weaknesses in the program, and the hackers are quick to jump on the opportunity. When did you most recently upgrade your browsers? Not recently enough, probably. Never wait for update notifications. Get the newest updates and versions right away.
Not Updating the Network to Latest Models
Is your company still using old network models? It’s a sign to update to the newest one. Many small and medium-sized businesses still employ rudimentary encryption schemes, which are based on traditional network architectures with a single entry and exit point. The lack of AV software, difficulty scaling, and lack of segmentation in traditional networks are enough to leave a company vulnerable to a cyberattack. Local networks in contemporary networks are divided into functional groups. Because of this, they are more scalable and dependable in terms of security. Make sure to update the network models in your company or organization every few years.
Thinking that Antivirus is Enough
You’ve read about cyber attacks, install antivirus software and call it a day. Oh dear, if only a simple antivirus can protect you from data retrieval. Anti-virus technology alone is insufficient to defend against online attackers. Antivirus only provides defense against known infections, and every day, cybercriminals work to develop new, sophisticated attacks. To protect your personal and company’s sensitive data, you need a multilayered network security program against intrusion attacks.
Relying on On-Premise Solutions, Not Cloud-Based Software
On-premise software options give businesses the ability to exercise some amount of control. However, they need their server gear, software licenses, integration tools, and IT, staff, on hand to support and handle any problems that could arise.
In a cloud environment, businesses can use as much of the resources hosted on the service provider’s premises as they need at any one time, scaling up or down based on overall consumption. Additionally, there aren’t many physical and virtual components in cloud solutions that could serve as malware entry sites. They provide much better security and do not necessitate constant management and supervision of security protocols by users.
Settling for Minimum Solutions Rather Than Secure the Full Infrastructure
Installing a firewall without a backup plan or an antivirus without an intrusion detection system, for example, only provides a temporary fix for infrastructure security. More than ever, cybersecurity calls for a comprehensive organizational strategy. For these reasons, companies and organizations should adopt best practices and put in place a cybersecurity architecture.