We use technology in our daily lives to a great extent now. It is not just a part of professional lives but also our personal lives starting from online shopping, accessing health records, personal banking, or communicating on social media. This makes it necessary to keep our personal information safe from cyber attacks.
Apart from hacking into your computer or phone, some attackers also use social engineering. It takes multiple different forms but ultimately, there is somebody who is trying to manipulate you into giving your personal information. It appears that the one asking for your information is a trustworthy source. The most common type of social engineering is phishing. It’s an email attack that is designed in a way to get a quick reaction from you.
The thing is, anyone can be at the risk of social engineering even the smartest ones because the emails look so real. In case you become a victim of the phishing attack, the first thing you must do is to reset your password. Sometimes, you could be using your email for Amazon and its password is very easy for a hacker to crack. And if you have saved your credit card information with Amazon then it could be compromised as well. It’s recommended not to save your credit card information because even the giant retailers could become a victim of security breach.
How to protect yourself from cyber attack?
In other to stay protected from cyber attacks, you must take the following measures on a daily basis.
Monitor your statements
Set one day in a week for monitoring your credit card statements. Why 1 month, you ask? Because it may take you 29 days before noticing a fraudulent behavior. If anything in the bill seems suspicious, investigate to determine if it was an authorized purchase.
Sign up for alerts
Lots of banks and credit card companies let you set real time notifications so that you can identify unusual purchase attempts immediately. You can set a specific dollar amount and if a purchase attempt is made above that amount, you will receive an email, call or text message notification for validating it.
Change your passwords routinely
It’s a pain to forget passwords which is why lots of people set easy passwords. But that makes you be at more risk of a breach. Never create a password using your address, social security number or birthday. Create a strong password using a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols.
Keep your private information private
Don’t ever give your personal information to someone on the phone. You will receive multiple calls in a day from con artists to trick you into thinking they are authorized vendors. To stay protected, never provide your password or personal information to these unsolicited callers.
Lots of users have their data compromised because of the retailers or companies that have their credit card information or personal information stored in their databases. Although these organizations take cyber security measures for data protection but they are still susceptible to attacks. To protect yourself, you must keep on taking measures at the personal end.