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3. Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor or Two-Factor authentication is the best practice for securing access to your online
accounts. Passwords can be compromised, and once they are, it’s easy for criminals to gain
access. Multi-factor authentication requires an extra step to log in to authenticate your identity,
whether that means email authentication, or a text message sent to your phone. While these
protocols often spark protest from employees, this is a great way to ensure an additional layer of

4. Keep Your System Up-To-Date

Cyber criminals are relentless and they come up with new ways to infiltrate security systems, so
it pays to make sure your browser has the latest security patches installed. In order to minimize
the risk of exposure or low performance, security updates must be applied as soon as they are
released. When prompted to update your operating system software…… just do it!

5. Keep Your Inbox Safe

Always enable email scanning via your antivirus. Don’t trust attachments, in fact you should
always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in any email. If it’s unexpected or
suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it.

Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to: bad actors will often take advantage
of spelling mistakes to direct you to harmful domains.

Also, disable automatic previewing and never respond to email requests for personal or
company account information. According to Trend micro, 91% of advanced cyber attacks begin
with emails.

To Conclude

Safeguarding data is essential for all internet users. Remember, the internet is evolving and is in
a vulnerable state. You might think your data is not important to hackers, but this is where you
would be completely wrong.

The tips mentioned above might not make you bulletproof on the internet, but they will make it
that much harder for a hacker to single you out.

About The Author

My Name is Anas Baig, the Digital Marketer & Security Enthusiast of the Gaditek. He loves to
read & write about Digital Security & Privacy. If you are interested to get tweets about Marketing
& Security! Follow him on twitter @anasbaigdm

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