Are Your Devices at Risk for Cyberattacks?

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With each passing day, technology becomes more advanced. Thanks to all the breakthroughs in tech, more devices than ever are connected.

Unfortunately, this also means there are that many more cyberattacks to worry about as hackers and other criminals become savvier than ever as well. Online security is not just limited to your desktop computer. With the risk for a cyberattack is even higher than ever before, it’s imperative all your devices are secure.

Be Smart About Passwords

Strong passwords can help to keep your devices more secure. You don’t want something effortless to guess. Never, ever choose something overly simple or obvious like “password,” and instead, you should aim to create unique passwords for each of your devices.

Select something with at least one uppercase letter, special character, and that includes a good mix of letters and numbers. Your passwords should also at least be eight characters long.

Keep All Software Updated

You must always keep the operating system and all the software on your devices up to date. Doing this can patch up any security holes that may open your device up to a potential attack. Software such as Microsoft Office and apps, especially those you use regularly, should be updated as soon as you’re aware there is an update available.

Install Antivirus and Anti-Malware Programs

If you don’t already have antivirus, anti-malware, and other threat hunting software on your devices, it’s time to install them. It works for laptops, smartphones, tablets, or other devices. This software works in the background of daily device use, running security checks to ensure there are no viruses or different types of malware. Malware is typically caught before it becomes a significant issue.

Additionally, just as you do with any other software, you should ensure they are kept up to date so they can catch any potential threats lurking around.

Check Bank Statements

Always thoroughly examine your bank statements, especially any charges you have made on your smartphone through Apple Pay, Android Pay, or Samsung Pay, to ensure that there are no suspicious purchases listed. You should also be aware of any charges you have made online.

Often, cybercriminals can infiltrate online accounts and make fraudulent purchases. In many instances, these are so low in cost that you are often unaware of them until your bank or credit card company contacts you to notify you of the problem.

Beware of Malicious Apps

Unfortunately, smartphones have become prime targets for cyberattacks. In particular, Android devices are most vulnerable due to having more of an open operating system. Some third-party apps may appear in the Google Play store from rogue developers, and if they are used, your personal and financial information may become compromised.

Always be wary of unofficial apps from unknown developers and use a firewall on your device. If you suspect an app you’ve installed is rogue, delete it immediately and run your smartphone’s antivirus software.

Be Email-Smart

Always be smart when using your email, no matter what the device you are using to check it. If something looks suspicious, there’s probably a good reason for that. If you receive something questionable that includes an attachment or link, avoid downloading or clicking and instead, delete it or mark the message as spam. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

These practices will help to keep your devices better protected. You will find your risk of a cyberattack is considerably lower as a result.