Happy New Month and hope your September 2018 was worthwhile. This month, we will discuss Cyber Security.
In a 2018 global report, ‘Economic Impact of Cyber Crime – No Slowing Down’, CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) concludes that approximately 1% of global GDP is lost to Cyber Crime each year.
This amounts to nearly $600 billion.
In the technologically advanced world of 2018, where everything and everyone are virtually connected, Cyber Security has become more critical for everyone.
The year 2018 has seen some of the major cases of cyber crimes from ransomware to phishing attacks.
The more connected we get, the more vulnerable our virtual presence becomes, and the more there is the need for protecting the sovereignty of our data.
This makes cyber security a central and crucial call of the moment.
What is Cyber Security?
Cyber security entails either or both the stare and process of securing and recovering networks, programs, and devices against cyber attacks.
Cyber attacks can target anyone from a person sitting in his house using his mobile device, to a big fat organisation or a local government institution.
Everything from your identity to finances is under risk.
Their tactics and techniques are evolving every minute meaning everything and everyone is vulnerable.
What is the Solution?
The best solution to deal with cyber attacks is a strong cyber security system with layers of protection.
The system works by coupling both advanced defence technology and smart defence choices.
What I am saying here is that you should be an informed user, so equip yourself with some information.
The trick, my friend, is to defend yourself against cyber attacks and avoid threats even before they can infiltrate your system.
Here are some easy tips you can do to protect your cyber-identity and cyber-sovereignty.
Check the URL
When providing your personal information, make sure you are using a secure site.
An easy way is to look at the URL and that it should start with something like this: https:// not http://
Another way to verify a suspicious URL, you can use services like Google Safe Browsing.
It will tell you if the site has hosted malware in the past 3 months.
Don’t ignore a software update.
The software updates contain advanced fixes for security problems.
Cyber attacks are more likely to affect a device with outdated software.
Watch out for Shady Attachments and Links
Black hat hackers love to hack your trusted emails and send you attachments and links that can attack your system in a click.
Email services like Gmail use a basic virus scanner to provide a security blanket.
Back-Up your Data
Be vigilant of a cyber attack, and stay prepared by keeping a backup of your data.
In case of a cyber attack, if you have to wipe clean your device, it will give you peace of mind that your data is safe.
Cyber security is crucial in times like these when our connectivity has made us vulnerable. Cyber attacks and cyber-threats aren’t just the problems of big organisations. It is a problem that can affect everyone.
While big companies are paying more attention to enhance their cyber security, the problem has not fully solved.
By increasing your awareness about the subject, you can fight the threats on your front, and secure your digital life.
Till next month,
I remain truly yours,
Serving since 28th December 2008.