25 Smart Ways To Boost Your Cyber Security

Hi, trying to protect your computer from hackers ? Still using the same antivirus and expecting tight security ? You are on a wrong track my friend. Here are the 25 smart ways to boost your cyber security.

1. Install a good Antivirus/Anti-spyware :

Install a good Antivirus/Anti-spyware

Of Course, you should have one in your computer, but it doesn't mean, the antivirus/anti-spyware program is enough for your computer security. While using antivirus/anti-spyware softwares, you should follow the "Maximum Detection Technique" to enhance your computer security. That is, scan your computer with 2 or more antivirus/anti-spyware programs per week. And keep changing the list of antivirus/anti-spyware programs on your computer.

For example, if you are using Panda-Antivirus and Kaspersky. Use another set of antivirus/anti-spyware for the next week.

2. Install and Use Sandboxie :

Install and Use Sandboxie

Download Sandboxie program and install it on your computer. Run every single program inside the Sandboxie. Malicious programs cannot affect the computer through Sandboxie. That is, Sandboxie can help you to run malicious programs in a controlled environment.

3. Don't click on porn links/suspicious links on social media :

Don't click on porn links/suspicious links on social media

Most of the porn links in social media websites are the links to download a malware. When you see a porn link on Facebook, report it.

4.Don't click on your blog/website referral links :

Don't click on your blog/website referral links

If you have a blog or website, you should not click on your referral URLs. Some of them may deliver malicious programs to your computer.

5.Scan USB drive before opening it :

Scan USB drive before opening it

Scan every single USB drive before opening it in your computer. Also turn off the auto-play option.

6. Stop using individual browser extensions:

Stop using individual browser extensions

Since browser extensions like ad-block, speed booster are developed by individuals, your information can be misused. Also, they can easily modify the browser content or steal your login credentials.

7. Install Firewall :

Install Firewall

Yes, this one is also the must have application for your computer. Install a good firewall in your computer (I'm using ZoneAlarm firewall).

8. Update your Operating System and drivers :

Update your operating system and drivers regularly. Also install software patches to protect your system from zero day attacks. Read security news every day to get instant access to patches and driver updates.

Note: Don't forget to update/upgrade your router firmware.

9. Don't store your personal or financial data in the clouds :

Cloud attacks are very popular these days. Remember Fappening 1, 2, and 3 ? Still want to upload private information to clouds?

10. Install virtual-box and then install Windows and Linux in it :

Use the virtual systems to download suspicious softwares (cracks and keygens) or to visit malicious websites (porn, free full version downloads etc.). Most of the malwares will terminate itself when they are in a virtual system.

11. Use Strong passwords :

 Use Strong passwords

Use complex passwords for your web and PC accounts. That is, use uppercase, lowercase letters, digits, symbols to make your complex password. I recommend you to use passwords like "I never drink coffee, because its  not 7.00 pm". That password is easy to remember and hard to crack, is n't it ?

Note: Don't reuse your password.

12. Don't try to hack others :

I think its the important and special one in this list. Everyday, I gets lots of emails and Facebook messages from people asking me to teach them about hacking. The fun part is, they don't want to learn real hacking, but wants to hack an account in just one click.

If you search "Gmail hacker software" on Google, you will get a site claiming to have a special Gmail hacker software that can hack any account instantly.

Really ? Do you believe that ? Of course not, but some people do. Here comes the scary part, most of the newbies downloads the software to hack others. But in reality the software itself is a malware designed to steal their personal and sensitive information!

13. Don't Script Yourself :

Do you heard about Facebook theme changer script? Hackers convinced many Facebook users to use a malicious script as a Facebook theme changer. It had infected users browsers and stole Facebook login credentials and personal information.

14. Don't use pirated softwares :

From a malicious hacker perspective, pirated software is the best way to spread malwares and worms. They usually encrypts the malware to make it undetectable by normal antivirus/antispyware programs. So beware when you are using pirated softwares.

15. Do not click on pop ups saying "your computer is infected and run a free scan" :

Ads saying "your computer is infected... Run a free scan", you should get out from that website. If you run a free scan offered by the advertisement, your computer will be infected with malwares.

16. Lock Your Computer :

Put a password on your computer when you are away. Otherwise hackers with physical access to your computer could be able to steal all your personal and sensitive information.

17. Scan suspicious files using VirusTotal before downloading it :

Scan files before you download them into your computer system. Goto www.virustotal.com and click on URL, paste the URL of suspicious file and click  "scan it".

18. Don't believe phone calls saying "we have detected a serious issue in your computer.... follow the steps to troubleshoot".

If you receive any calls like that, just end the call and go back to your work! These fake technicians convinces innocent users to visit a website which contains some serious exploits to take over users computer. Then they will demand a ransom to unlock the computer.

19. Don't install patches and updates received by email :

Companies never send patches or updates via email to users. So beware of the fake patch and update emails.

20. Don't tell your password to anyone :

Yes, the old security tip! But remember, your password is the key to your digital life space. Never tell your passwords to your girlfriend or boyfriend.

21. Encrypt Your Wireless Router Connection :

Most people do almost every single security technique except this. So, encrypt your router connection now to prevent hackers from accessing your private data. And don't forget to put a strong password to it.

22. Don't connect your computer to a public WiFi :

Free- WiFi, everyone loves it !! But wait, are you sure, they are not stealing you private information ? Do you think there is no value for your private information ? The truth is, your private and personal information have a great monetary value in global market.

23. Encrypt Your Data :

Encrypting the data is the best method to protect your valuable information from malicious hackers. Don't know how to encrypt your data ? You can get a detailed guide about encrypting your data here.

24. Use 2 factor Authentication in your web accounts :

GMail, Facebook, Twitter and many popular services offers 2 factor authentication for all of its users. So use the 2 factor authentication and protect your data.

25. Read Cyber Security News Daily:

Go To https://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Industry+Sectors/Information+Technology/Security.

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