While we are struggling to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the real world, cyberspace is also experiencing a very high surge in Cyber Attack. Kaspersky reported an increase in DDoS attacks by up to 300 percent (year-on-year). Zscaler also said that there was an increase in hacking activity by 20 percent during the second quarter of 2020.
It makes sense, considering that most of the world’s population is at home and doing a lot of activities digitally. This condition invites cyber attackers to take advantage of increased online activity.
It also means you are more vulnerable to cyber attacks in various forms. Through today’s newsletter, we will learn how to better protect ourselves.
In this day and age, your cell phone will be more important than ever. Not only for storing data and staying connected, but also as a security tool.
But this also means that if your cellphone is lost, your security risk will increase sharply.
All you have to do is make sure you have used the phone lock feature to protect the data on it. Believe it or not, there are still a handful of people who don’t take advantage of this feature. Anyone with an unlocked phone can easily access all the data on it.
You should use a six-digit PIN, and don’t use your date of birth or other easily available information. Use something that is not related to you, something that is completely unpredictable.
If you lose your phone, immediately do a remote lock via a website. Almost all smartphones have this feature. Do this to prevent you from Cyber Attack.
As much as possible do not erase data before you make various efforts to find it. Perform data deletion only as a last step when the smartphone can no longer be traced.
If the service you are using has a two way authentication feature, I suggest you activate it immediately. That way, even if someone gets your email address and password, they still can’t abuse your account.
This procedure makes you significantly safer:
First, you will be notified when someone tries to log in. If you are not sure who logged in, change your password immediately.
Second, without the authentication code sent to your mobile number (via an application or SMS), the hacker will not be able to enter.
Most of the major digital services have this feature. Make sure you have activated it.