With the recent cyber attack on SingHealth, the government is looking to intensify their security measures to protect the personal data of users.
However, cybersecurity extends to more than just something that’s done on a government level. Internet users should, ideally, pay attention to the way they’re securing their devices so that their information remains secure.
Here are some ways that you can protect and secure your devices both at a personal and enterprising level:
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1. Update Softwares All The Time
One of the easiest ways to secure your devices, is through having updated apps on your phone and softwares on your computer. This is because updated apps and softwares are usually well-equipped with security patches and bug fixes that prevent hackers from getting access to your private information.
2. Change Your Passwords Regularly
And we’re not saying to change from “Qwerty123” to “Qwerty345”.
When it comes to getting a password that properly protects your device, consider getting a password from a random password generator like LastPass or Password Generator. Make sure to keep updating the password so that your accounts continue to be as secured as possible.
3. Lock Your Mobile Devices
So far, the tips highlight above have touched on the software aspects of keeping your data secured. But what about the hardware options?
For starters, you should always protect your phone with a password or a fingerprint lock. Doing so not only makes it difficult for people looking to break into your phone, it could actually protect it from hackers looking to break into your phone as well.
4. Use Only Trusted Internet Connections
Singapore remains one of the most connected cities in the world and these days, WiFi connection is everywhere. From malls to public transport, you can get connected practically every where but, this also means that hackers have even more targets when it comes to hijacking a WiFi connection and stealing information there.
While streaming a YouTube video or watching a show is fine, avoid logging into Internet banking sites or other sites that hold your sensitive information.
5. Understand How Cloud Systems Work
These days, we’re relying on cloud systems to take the load off the memories of our phones and Internet of Things (IoT) items. However, this also means that hackers can get access to your cloud and potentially hack into it as well. Don’t believe us?
In 2014, Apple’s iCloud platform was hacked into and over 500 private pictures of various celebrities were disseminated online as a result of spear phishing.
6. Install Anti-Virus Protection
Perhaps one of the most obvious thing to do, installing an anti-virus or phishing system onto your IoT devices is extremely useful in preventing your data from being stolen.
While you’re at it, be sure to update your softwares every time there is a new release.
7. Back Up Your Data
More of a precautionary measure, backing up your data allows you to retrieve any data or information that was stolen from you. What’s more, if certain items were deleted, you’d be able to get them back too.
8. Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Some time in late 2018, several WhatsApp accounts were reportedly hacked. Users were unable to get into their WhatsApp accounts.
To help prevent this from happening again, the app introduced a two-factor authentication system where users will occasionally be asked for a security pin that they’ve set.
Such two-factor authentication purposes can help protect your accounts from getting hacked in the future.
GMail too, allows for two-factor authentication so make sure you protect your e-mail accounts as well.
9. Consider Biometric Passwords
Two-factor authentication too confusing for you? Use biometric options if they’re available. These days, fingerprints and facial recognition capabilities are paving the way for better security when it comes to devices.
Just remember to remove any biometric scans when you’re done using a particular device.