According to a new report by Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Americans believe that cyberattacks from other countries is a major threat.
Just last week, a Russian hacker known as “the Collector” collected 272 million compromised email accounts and passwords. The majority of the compromised accounts were from Mail.ru, a Russian-based email service, but there were also millions collected from Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail. Many are encouraging users of those services to take a few minutes to change their passwords.
Cybercrime is a constant threat. While much of our lives are spent online, we often wonder how we should continue our personal and professional lives while under fear of cyberattacks.
Make Security a Top Priority
Because everything online is vulnerable, security should be a top priority. Make sure to have anti-virus programs, ad blocks, and firewalls on your devices. Avoid downloading anything that you do not know what it is or where it came from. Keep your devices protected.
Be smart online. Make sure you are only using encrypted sites when entering in personal information. Never give away information that does not seem necessary or related to what you are doing. Use complex passwords and vary them for different sites.
Be wary of what you post on social media. Make sure you send any personal information like addresses for wedding invitations over messenger rather than posted to an event page. When bored, do not take 20 Facebook quizzes that in a round-about way get more information from you that you would give to a stranger on the street.
Living in Fear Is Not Worth It
The reality is that the majority of people are going to have their information hacked at some point. So if you want to avoid living in fear, just cover your bases the best you can and take it one day at a time. Consider signing up for an identity watch program if you are concerned about stolen identity. Check your credit score three times a year if you are worried about malicious credit card activity. Talk to someone at your bank so you have security when it comes to things that are not your fault. And all in all, remember that there are many services out there that are dedicated to securing you and your information. Consider paying a little extra for a little peace of mind.
Do whatever you need to do so you do not have to live with the overbearing anxiety of cybercrime and becoming its victim.
Source: Digital Trends