Being on the web is now part of our daily lives which makes us more vulnerable to our personal information being exposed. Unfortunately, nobody on the Internet is immune to hackers, viruses, and other dastardly digital demons. Continue reading to learn about how to keep your information safe.
1. Turn on Firewalls
The firewall is a staple of Internet security; it acts as a barrier between your internal network and the Internet to keep out potential hackers trying to get in. Before you’re on a website goes live, be sure to activate your firewall. When you activate it, you can feel safer knowing it works in real-time around the clock to filter incoming connections from the Internet.
2. Purchase a VPN
A virtual private network, or VPN, isn’t as complicated as it sounds. It scrambles your IP address to a random one. This conceals your actual IP address from the throes of the Internet. It has become one of the more popular network infrastructure tactics in recent years because of how simple its operation is. The best part of a VPN is that it’s inexpensive. A few dollars per month will guarantee you an extra layer of protection on the Internet.
3. Use Strong Passwords
It’s no secret that a strong password will protect your assets on the Internet. It’s not recommended to use the same password for websites, social media, and anything else that contains sensitive information. Create a long password that you can remember and make a note of it. To strengthen passwords, including numbers, capitalized letters, and symbols. This will make your password much harder for hackers to guess.
4. Anti-Phishing and Email Protection Software
Phishing is a hacking tactic that spoofs legitimate companies such as Google or Yahoo to send you emails. For example, an “Apple” email will inform you that your iCloud account has been compromised—you must click the link in the email to “reset your password”! Many are easy to ignore and delete because of the crude way hackers design the emails. But some will look similar to the actual thing, which is how unsuspecting Internet users can get their bank account information stolen. Consider installing email security software for your network to cut down on phishing attempts and keep email safer. Here’s another tip: always check the email address!
5. Antivirus Protection
Computer viruses have been around since the 1970s, and as long as the Internet exists, they aren’t going anywhere. That doesn’t mean you will be doomed! Antivirus protection programs are designed to not only prevent viruses from being installed to your devices, but they also work around the clock in real-time to ensure maximum protection. You can have peace of mind while you and your employees work and exchange information.
6. Extra Malware Protection
Unfortunately, computer viruses are far from the only digital demons you need to worry about. Malware encompasses viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, adware, ransomware, and more. Today, with the Internet being a part of just about everything, one can never be too safe with protection efforts. Secure even more protection for yourself by installing programs that target one or more of these forms of malware. The more malware these programs target, the safer you’ll be.
7. Intrusion Detection System
An intrusion detection system can take your Internet security to the next level. The system works to filter incoming and outgoing connections within your network. This way, if an unknown or unwanted connection tries to pass through, you can take action to remove it and keep your network safer. An additional benefit of this system is that should suspicious activity occur, it sounds an alarm to notify everyone involved so you can take proper action straight away.
8. Limit User Access
In theory, the Webmaster or administrator should be the only one to have access to all controls and options within a network. By limiting user access to certain places within the network, you can rest assured that other users will not attempt to hack into the system. It effectively filters users within and outside, and it doesn’t require any installation! Navigate to your user settings to adjust permissions for programs and more.
It can be tricky trying to stay on top of Internet safety, even more so for anyone who is always on the internet, but no one deserves to have a computer virus or personal information compromised. Be sure to take steps to implement and improve network security tactics.