Protection against cyber security
By now you are aware of the cyber-crime risk you face whether it is a direct or indirect attack, but you cannot sit back and do nothing about the issue of cybersecurity. Similar to any disaster, there are measures that you can put in place to prevent yourself from falling victim. As you have heard, prevention is better than cure. Today I offer you some of the solution strategies that you can implement to improve your security on the Internet.
To start with the simplest one of all, learn to protect your Wi-Fi network, whether it is at home or at work, it is important to ensure you have a secure and a strong password. Create a strong password that contains multiple characters and at least more than six digits because longer passwords are more secure than shorter ones. Ensure to include the use of special characters (i.e., $%$#@), lowercase and uppercase letters, and numbers. Try and imagine how difficult it is for an individual to hack this? While setting a secure password is important, changing your password every six months will as well reduce your chances of being attacked. When was the last time you changed yours?
Another simple trick that you can employ is the use of passphrases instead of passwords, which is simply a string of words used to control access to a system. It can be used by anyone, is much easier to remember and is, in fact, more secure than passwords. An example of one is, John is sitting on 2 Large chairs. If you have never thought about using it, then this is your opportunity to leverage it. To those living in their houses with several devices linked to the internet, setting up two different passwords is key. While guests are good, and we like to host most of them, setting up a guest network at home with a separate password for them to use rather than giving them the password to your primary network could also save you the heartache of a cybercrime.
Use one network for connected appliances and gadgets, and then use a separate network for your computers, tablets, and phones. This way, if someone hacks your device network, they will not be able to access your accounts. One strategy I have personally seen work for most people is the multi-factor authentication. This is a security protocol that uses a secondary device to verify who you are, or who you say you are. Verification codes for it are then sent via text or email for you to enter during the sign-in process in whatever device. Google is currently using it.
Most importantly, store your passwords in a secure location, such as a password manager. LastPass.com and Dashlane.com are websites that you can store all of your passwords on to help improve your security but as you do this, also make sure to download software updates as soon as they are available. That is just but the tip of the iceberg. There is more that can be elaborated further, but for now, keep your self safe and responsible on the internet.
Summary of the article by Meshack Mwaura
Zydii Software Developer