Cybercrime is tightening its grip around the web world, forcing us to think twice before dealing with the cyber world. A single wrong click on spam mail or malicious software could cause risk to us and drive us away from our hard-earned money and valuable information.
As we have seen in a previous article about the rising cost of infection alerts us to take care of our data, server, and network as cybercriminals are always in search of system vulnerabilities or loopholes that can be exploited.
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System loopholes could welcome hackers to gain control of the device system as a result, organizations and customers have to bear heavy monetary losses as well ruin business goodwill.
The below video can give you a precise idea about the damage caused to organizations furthermore, how to protect yourself from rising threats and attacks.
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How you can protect yourself against cybercrime?
For a company, whether its employee, users or clients they need to use common sense while dealing with the cyber world. Here are a few tips that every single individual should consider to protect himself/herself.
- Never respond to unknown emails that may be phishing mail designed to steal data. Delete such emails without responding to them.
- Always install an antivirus program on your PC or Smartphone that will minimize the risk of cyber threats and do not forget to update it on a regular basis.
- Always use cloud backup or an external drive for data backup. Backup is necessary in case of a network breach or data breach.
- While connecting with social media, do not accept unknown people’s requests as they may pose risk to your privacy. Always log out when the work is done on social media. Do not share any personal information over social media and never upload unknown files to PC.
- Password is the main concern for users whether you are on a banking site, social media, or eCommerce website. Always change your password on a regular basis to make it hard to guess. Use small and capital letters with a mixture of numbers and symbols to make a difficult password.
- If you are visiting eCommerce, banking or financial sites always look for HTTPS along with an Extended Validation certificate that enhances the authenticity of a website. Many websites have Norton Secured Seal to ensure customers that their information will remain secure over the site.
How to know your site is Vulnerable?
The growing risk of website fraud from internet criminals alerts website owners to take steps for the protection of visitors, websites, and goodwill. Digicert also observed that IT managers are not aware of their website and there are 50% of IT managers have not carried on a vulnerability assessment on their website.
Google Webmaster can help you to find the status of your website if it is vulnerable. It will warn you that whether Google blocks your site or not.
Apart from Google Webmaster too, Digicert can help you a lot in finding the health reports of your website by bringing Digicert Extended Validation or Pro SSL Certificates come along with website scanning malware service. It scans malware on your site on a regular basis and will alert you about critical infection problems on your website.
- Use Norton Secured Seal that is a trust mark on the web; it scans for malware and vulnerabilities. The seal is highly acknowledged over the web, as 94% of customers continue their shopping that has Norton secured seal on the checkout page of a website.
- For eCommerce or any site that deals with online payment should go with an EV (Extended Validation) certificate that helps to protect against phishing sites and protect the identity of the site. Customers always enter credit or debit card information and login details, which need to be secured with the highest authenticated EV SSL.
- Keep your server updated with the latest patches. Always patch your content management system including third-party plug-ins. Always keep a strong password for the content management system and do not share your password with anyone.
- Secure all web pages of your site with an SSL certificate; it will minimize the risk of threat to the website. Whether it is a checkout page, login page, media, or image, it should be secured with an SSL certificate.
By following the above precautions, the website owners and users can keep threats away and an SSL certificate is an ideal choice to remain safe over the internet. As cybercrime is rising rapidly, it’s time to arm yourself with the knowledge that will help you to stay safe against cybercrime.
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