Whether you are a software consultant or a regular person operating the internet just for shopping and watching films, you are always vulnerable to ransomware attacks. You may wonder why anyone would like to hack your computer; however, you can’t say someone may be interested in stealing your private information for any purpose and so, you should take due care. Here are some tips.
1. Let Your Passwords be Smart and Strong
The stronger your password, the more it is difficult to crack for hackers. Use a number of types of characters in creating your password and make it strong by using more than 6 characters. For example, you can create a password like Such8**a^Nice%Eve.
2. Use Emails Carefully
Experts at Singapore ransomware solutions, Group6, advise to use emails carefully to protect yourself from hacker attacks. Even if you have good security software tool installed in your computer, your senders may not have it. So, be careful while sending your personal information through an email. Never send risky information like Social Security Number, credit card information or any such confidential information through email.
3. Use Instant Messaging Smartly
The above-mentioned care should be observed while using IM too and important confidential information should never be sent via IM. Preferably use a nickname while using IM so that your name is not identified. Also never give entry to strangers in your IM groups. Be smart also regarding how you use IM at work since your employer can legally monitor and view your messages.
4. Take Safety Measures while Online Shopping
While shopping online, make sure that the website you are shopping from uses secure technology. Verify that its address starts with https. Also check whether there is a tiny symbol of lock before the web address or at the bottom right of the page. A statement on the screen saying that the pages are secure with a security vendor is also a sign that the site is secure. However you should first check whether the security company exists by checking its website.
5. Beware of Phishing Scams
Phishing scams make use of fake websites and fraudulent emails, pretending as legitimate businesses, to lure ignorant users to reveal login and private account information. If you receive an email from an unknown source which contains any link, make sure that the site is legitimate before clicking the link. Instead of clicking from the link, open another tab and visit the site from there. You can also call or email the business directly to verify if they are legitimate.
By taking such a care, you can protect yourself from malware attacks. However, hiring an internet security provider is the best move which can give you a great peace of mind.