Studies show that internet usage is increasing in all age groups. The adoption of digitalization has affected shopping preferences and frequency, and the diversity of savings tools.
Cyber security organization ESET shared their suggestions for digital cleaning by sharing that more attention should be paid to safe internet use in this period.
We use the internet extensively in almost every moment of life. Houses turned into workplaces, educational institutions. Parents work remotely, children follow their lessons through online education tools. In our free time, we play online games and spend time on social media. Shopping has become more and more done via online tools all over the world. The positive contributions of such growing internet usage in both social and business life cannot be denied, but sometimes it can leave us face to face with many negative situations. ESET experts underlined the necessity of digital cleaning in order to avoid or minimize negative situations, and listed what should be done.
Make your checks
Check to see if your online accounts have been hacked or not (more often than you think) if hackers reveal your email password online. Learning this will give you the motivation you need to complete the next steps.
Change your passwords and passwords
Be sure to use different passwords for each of your social media accounts, strong, difficult to guess. Make it a habit to change your passwords regularly. In fact, start using a reliable password manager that can remember all your account passwords.
Do not neglect to make your updates
To protect against vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit, keep your software up-to-date and uninstall programs you don't use. If your hardware is outdated, you may want to consider updating it.
Set up a line of defense
Be prepared to combat malware, so provide powerful tools to harden your system. Antivirus software detects and eliminates malware, while firewalls prevent unauthorized users from accessing your information.
We are all busy in daily life, so it is normal for cyber hygiene to rank low among our priorities. To prevent this, set a calendar and schedule regular reminders to check your systems and devices.
Make a backup
Back up your data regularly using external hard drives or cloud services. If you have devices you don't use, clean their hard drives to protect your data. This is a different process than deleting a file: You have to use special software to completely clean the hard drive.
Make a comprehensive list of all your available hardware, software and online applications. Analyze this list to see if there are any potential security vulnerabilities.
Make plan b
Have a disaster plan at hand in case you could be attacked. Determine who you should call, the relevant phone numbers and their priorities. In a normal period, the phone numbers you can easily reach and the people you need to reach will make you work harder than you think in an emergency and may cause you to waste time.