Quick Tips And Tricks For Cyber Security

Use a VPN

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network is a secured, personal express lane on the internet highway. A VPN will connect you to your destination via your own personal encrypted tunnel, giving you a secure and private experience.

Use a password keeper

Passwords with the recommended combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols can be difficult to remember. A password keeper keeps track of all your passwords and where you use them. Allowing you to login anywhere with just one click, whilst adding increased security to your accounts.

Check your privacy settings on social media

Your social media profiles are a wealth of personal information. It can reveal where you were born, went to high school, your pet’s names. These are all giveaways to your personal passwords. Make sure only your friends can see your posts, location services are off and keep in mind how much personal information you are sharing.

Use anti-virus software

Antivirus software helps ensure that there are no programs on your computer you haven’t approved. This is important because hackers can easily add programs that damage your computer, steal your files to information, or even lock your information and demand a ransomware to restore it. There are many free/ paid for antivirus software that are simple to install.

Regularly update your devices

Consistently updating your devices can fix existing issues and address new security concerns or weaknesses that hackers could potentially take advantage of, and use to access your devices. They could also add new features to your apps or devices that will allow for regular monitoring and scamming.

Turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA/2FA)

2FA or MFA means having more than one check in place to prove your identity on any certain account or platform. For example, you may need a code from a text message and your passphrase. It makes it much harder for cyber criminals to access your account, and is another step in keeping your information private.

Read more about the importance of 2-factor authentication here

Set up and perform regular backups

A backup is a digital second copy of your most important information, either to an external storage device or a server on the internet, like the cloud. Backups are important, as it means that your can easily restore your files if something goes wrong, or if they are held ransom by a cyber criminal.

Set up secure passphrases

When 2FA is not available, you should use a passphrase to secure your account. Passphrases are more secure and complex versions of passwords, using four or more random words as your password. This makes them difficult for cybercriminals to guess, and at the same time, easy for you to remember.

Recognise and report scams

Criminals often use email, SMS, phone calls and social media to scam people that are made to appear as if they were sent from individuals or organisations you think you know, or you think you should trust.

Level up your cyber security by…

  • Thinking about what you post online
  • Get alert on nre threats
  • Talking about cyber security with friends and family
  • Avoid connecting to public Wi-Fi when you’re banking or shopping online
  • Report cyber attacks and incidents to keep Australia secure