How to Stay Safe Online: Cybersecurity Tips for Everyone

  1. Keep your computer’s software up to date. This includes your operating system, web browser, and any other programs you use. Outdated software can have security vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit.
  2. Use strong passwords, and don’t reuse them. A strong password is at least 8 characters long and includes a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessed words like your name or birthdate.
  3. Don’t click on links or open attachments from unknown senders. These could contain malware that infects your computer.
  4. Be cautious about what you share online. Think twice before posting personal information or sensitive company data. Once something is online, it’s hard to control who sees it or where it ends up.
  5. Use secure websites when shopping or banking online. Look for https:// in the address bar and a lock icon. This means the site is using encryption to protect your information.
  6. Keep your antivirus software up to date. This will help protect your computer from malware and other online threats.
  7. Back up your important files. This way you can recover them if your computer is attacked or damaged.
  8. Use a virtual private network (VPN) when using public Wi-Fi. This will help protect your data from being snooped on by others on the network.
  9. Be aware of phishing scams. These are emails or websites that mimic legitimate businesses in an attempt to steal your personal information. Don’t click on links or open attachments from unfamiliar sources.
  10. Report any suspicious activity to your internet service provider or the authorities. By doing so, you can help stop attacks before they cause serious damage.

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