10 essential steps to protect yourself from Cybercriminals

protect yourself from cybercriminals

It’s has become a necessity to protect ourselves from cybercriminals. The recent incident which went viral about the Bois Locker Room Case on Twitter. The screenshots of  the wicked conversations and images of girls used during the chat made everyone alert about their social media accounts. Morphed photos of underage girls, passing vulgar comments about them were a part of the conversations.

Though this incident isn’t the first incident, it is important to protect yourself from any kind of crime.

10 steps to protect yourself from cybercriminals

1. Use a full-service internet security suite

Use a security suite which provides real-time protection against existing and emerging malware and viruses, and helps protect your private and financial information when you go online.

  1. Use strong passwords

Have complex passwords using a combination of at least 10 letters, numbers, and symbols. Don’t use your passwords on different sites frequently.

  1. Keep your software updated

Have an updated version of your operating systems and internet security software etc. Cybercriminals frequently use known exploits, or flaws, in your software to gain access to your system. Patching those exploits and flaws can make it less likely that you’ll become a cybercrime target.

  1. Manage your social media settings

Keep your personal and private information locked. Cybercriminals can often get your personal information with just a few data points. Don’t share any data publicly.

  1. Strengthen your network at home

Use a sophisticated password and WPA2 encryption for your WiFi router at home/office.

  1. Talk to your children about the internet

Teach your kids to use of the internet properly and also can come to you if they’re experiencing any kind of online harassment, or stalking.

  1. Keep up to date on major security breaches

If you have an account on a website that’s been hacked, try to gather information  accessed by the hackers and change your password immediately.

  1. Take measures to help protect yourself against identity theft

It’s important to guard your personal data. A VPN can help to protect the data you send and receive online, particularly when you access the internet on public Wi-Fi.

  1. Know that identity theft can happen anywhere

Keep your travel plans off social media and use a VPN when accessing the internet any Wi-Fi network.

  1. Know what to do if you become a victim

If  you’ve become a victim of a cybercrime, you need to alert the local police. This is important even if the crime seems minor. Your report may help the authorities while investigating or help to catch criminals.