Avoid clicking on suspicious links in “phishing” emails — those that look as if they’re from legitimate senders like banks and other institutions — and don’t download files from unknown websites.
“You have more power than you think. You have control over clicking on links in email and what programs you use. The reason why (hacking) works is that it is human nature to be curious,” said Monica Eaton-Cardone, chief information officer of Global Risk Technologies, an international technology firm that provides dynamic risk mitigation.
But don’t get upset or angry if you do fall victim, said Adam Levin, chairman and founder of identity theft mitigation firm CyberScout. “Internet breaches have become the third certainty of life,” he said.
Use your anti-virus and anti-malware software programs. Eaton-Cardone said nontechnical people sometimes get frustrated by default security settings. The settings can be so high that they prevent users from going to otherwise safe websites. That sometimes leads people to disable the software, leaving them vulnerable to attacks, she said. A simple fix is to adjust the security settings to be less aggressive but still keep the user safe. But don’t adjust it too much! You need to protect yourself from trojans and viruses.
Use a password manager to improve your cyber security.
These systems store users’ passwords securely, either in the cloud or on their computer. this way, you only need to remember one password when you log into your pages on devices other than your home computers. Some people remain squeamish about trusting a single system with all their passwords, and the experts said it’s understandable to feel a bit apprehensive. Eaton-Cardone said she’s not worried about password manager security and recommends people use them.
“At the end of the day, everything gets hacked,” she said. “A password manager is a great idea for two reasons. One, it’s going to encourage you to use different passwords for every site you go to. If you have to remember all those passwords, you’re never going to put yourself through that kind of hell. You’ll think of something, and it wouldn’t be secure anyway. Second, if I have a third-party vendor, this vendor is taking on such liability they have a lot more to lose if they experience a hack than I do.”
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Special Thanks to Debbie Carlson from the Chicago Tribune for her article found here.