It’s something we can’t have enough of in this world, currently. The world does its business, largely, online, and, due to that fact, we need greater tools for online security in New York City (and elsewhere). E-Valve has all the means and guidance to bring you into a state of elevated Internet security – including an e-book that includes information such as the following:
Did you know that cyber criminals can break into your banking information in only 36 hours?
And, that they can be gone with your money and all your personal details before you even know it?
A journalist group in the UK hired some ethical (or, “white hat”) hackers and gave them the challenge to hack into one of their banking accounts. They wanted to see how long it would take to do this.
It took only 36 hours.
And, believe it or not, all the hacker needed was their name!
Here’s what they did:
- The ethical hacker had the volunteer’s name.
- They searched on social media for more details about him (including friends and family member’s names, etc.)
- Then, they logged into lower-priority websites (like eBay and hotel booking sites, etc.) to gain his address, credit card numbers and phone number.
- With just this information, they could then hack into his other accounts and websites.
So, how can you better protect yourself with computer security tools and technology?
One of the best (and most obvious) ways to keep your banking information safe & secure is to use better passwords. Just make sure that:
- Your passwords aren’t easy to crack.
- Use two-factor authentication to access your bank account online,
- Avoid using elements of your name, address, or birthday in your password.
- Don’t use the same passwords across different sites and applications.
- Make sure your password has between 12 and 20 characters.
- Consider using a password manager.
- Keep all your systems up to date.
- Put a reminder in your calendar to manually update your passwords at least once a month.
Make Use of Software Updates for Better Online Security
Software companies are always developing updates to improve online security. Make sure you download and install these updates. You can set your computer to authorize automatic software updates.
You will still want to regularly check your system to ensure everything is up to date in case malware was accidentally downloaded. Don’t forget to do this on your phone and Tablet as well.
How to Spot Malicious Online Activity
Quite often, there are clues that someone is trying to access your personal or financial info online. Here are some ways to thwart this activity:
- Look into password/account access emails if you don’t recall an interaction—For example, if you received an email you didn’t ask for, such as a survey for a service you didn’t use, or asking if you got a package you didn’t order.
- Be wary of any phone calls or emails from your financial institution or PayPal saying there’s something wrong with your account, and asking you to disclose information.
- Never click on a link to a bank URL. To make sure you’re at the right URL, you’ll note that there’s a lock icon indicating it’s secure.
- Always type in the URL for your account. Don’t even trust your “favorites.” There’s now a malware that can get into these!
Online Security in NYC Demands as Many “Walls” as Possible
The more protection around your information, the safer it will be. Consider setting up a Firewall. This is a barrier or shield that’s intended to protect your PC, Tablet, or phone from the data-based malware dangers that exist on the Internet. It can be a physical one
that’s attached to your router.
Also, consider setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This is a group of computers networked together over a public network that shields information about where you are, and what you’re doing online. Your VPN could be anywhere (England, Africa, Brazil) and people will think you’re working some other location instead of where you are.
Use common sense – don’t make it easy for others to access your information. Don’t write down your passwords anywhere —not even on notepads, and certainly not on your phone!
Update your passwords regularly. This is very important. Never access secure sites on public computers. Someone may have installed malicious software on the computer to capture your password. Or, someone can go into the cache to get your information.
Notify your bank immediately of any email phishing attempts.
When doing online banking on your phone, turn off the WIFI and complete your transaction using the cellular network instead—Especially if you’re out and about. It’s much harder for hackers to crack the cellular network.
Make sure your Bluetooth is always OFF on all your devices (unless you’re using it, of course). If it’s on all the time, it’s easier for cyber-thieves to access your computer or phone.
Be cautious about posting photos or details about your home, family, or vacations on social media. You may be telling hackers or physical-space thieves where you are (that you’re not home), what you’re doing, or unknowingly providing information about family members they wouldn’t want to share.
Make sure your antivirus software protects your system from the latest ransomware. Ransomware can come from accessing websites or downloads, etc.
Let a Leader Among Internet Security Companies in NYC Handle It
Protect your business from online thieves in NYC with the best Internet security systems money can buy. For more information, contact the team at E-Valve Technologies at (646) 564-3636 or email@example.com and also download our e-book on how to protect yourself with the best online security in New York City!
Published on 22nd August 2017 by Michael Garrido.
Get The Latest IT News Sent Directly to Your Inbox.
Sign up for industry news, information about our services, events, webinars and more.