In this post, I will be talking about how cybersecurity affects us. Especially nowadays that cyber attacks are a major concern.
Some of you might not be aware but cyber attacks are a major concern around the world. We are all at risk of being hacked, data breaches, identity thefts, and more.
What is Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is the security of computer systems, does it affects at major point. Especially Internet-connected systems, against both intentional offensive use (by hackers or governments) or unintentional damage.
Cybersecurity involves all aspects of computer security, including confidentiality, integrity, and availability. It can be defined as the prevention of unauthorized access, change, destruction, or disclosure of information.
Even though many people are aware of this issue and they follow certain steps. So they can keep their personal information safe, some people are not very concerned about the issue.
How Cybersecurity Affects Us?
Imagine, you are on Facebook and you see a strange friend request. You decide to accept it. You are unaware that this person has just hacked into your account.
It is a person who then starts to send messages to all your friends. He is spreading viruses and viruses, changing all your passwords, attaching viruses to your messages, and more.
Now imagine what would happen if someone hacked into your email account. This person would see all the messages that you have received or sent. They could also send messages from your account without you knowing. They could even steal all of your personal information such as your name, address, phone number, and more.
Another example would be the cyber attack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The OPM is a federal agency that handles security clearances and background checks for all federal employees. They discovered that they had been hacked in April 2015.
The hackers used a malware to access the OPM’s networks. Within the network, they were able to access the files of more than 4 million people and steal their information such as bank account numbers and social security numbers. They were even able to steal fingerprint data in some cases.
How Can We Protect Ourselves?
There are plenty of ways that you can protect yourself from hackers. Here are some tips that will help you.
1. Make sure to use complex passwords.
Always use passwords that are difficult to guess or crack. You can even use a password manager to help you create random passwords.
2. Make sure to update your computer regularly.
Your computer has probably become outdated over time especially if it’s not being used often. So make sure to update your software regularly so that they aren’t vulnerable to bugs or viruses.
3. Install anti-virus software.
You may have it on your computer or tablet or phone so that you can scan for viruses before downloading anything online. If you have anti-virus software installed on your computer.
You will be notified if any dangerous files are found. Make sure to keep all of your anti-virus software up to date.
4. Use two-factor authentication whenever you can.
Two-factor authentication is when you use two different forms of identification to access your accounts. For example, instead of just using a password to log into your account, you would use a password and a PIN or even a fingerprint scan.
Make sure to enable two-factor authentication wherever possible. So that hackers won’t be able to access your accounts easily.