Security. Don’t we all consider security in our everyday lives? From the time we lock our own house before heading to work or school; the safety of our belongings when riding a public vehicle, and looking for passing vehicles before crossing the road. These are the common applications of security that most people practice.
Most people would say that they practice security most of the time but at the same time neglect the security of their online accounts. Some people think that it is annoying to create a strong password for different accounts when you can’t remember all of them. Even if you did create one, you might probably think that your online accounts are already secure because the strong password indicator says so. Nowadays, everyone is familiar with the social networking website that offers an all-in-one login for an account for another website.
Imagine: You are now trying to log-in to your social network account and ended up unsuccessful in your attempt. You are now wondering if your account got compromised. Picture the damage that could happen if that account that is linked your other accounts got compromised. You now get a headache because of the several scenarios that run through your head.
“I shared my password to someone I knew.”
“Maybe the computer I logged on has a keylogger.”
It does not hurt to be extra careful especially some of your accounts might probably be linked to your credit card or bank account. You don’t want to be giving away free money that you’ve worked hard for.
Everyone should practice online security like how we secure our home or physical belongings. The password is like the key to the locking mechanism of your house. Are you secure by that alone? Definitely not. You can probably think a lot of ways how can a burglar enter your household.
Everyone can have security in their mindset
Recently, emails and famous social network apps ask for your mobile number or two-factor authentication for extra security. You might ask, “Is it worth the trouble?” Yes, it is. Security follows a certain formula. Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability or also known as CIA. Sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice availability to a certain extent in order to gain confidentiality.
5 Best Online Security Practices That Everyone Should Practice
1. Secure your passwords as how you secure your house. Remember how you’re probably constantly reminded not to share your passwords or include special characters. Do you share to others how you unlock your own house? Probably not. You might want to read the 10 commandments of password security.
2. Watch where you go: browse to legitimate sites. Be careful of click baits. They are rampant in social networking websites. These can lead you to websites that might install malware on your computer or devices. Whenever you see an interesting topic in your new feed, ask yourself “Is this real?”. Question everything that you see on the internet. Nowadays anyone can upload edited pictures and make people believe. They would do anything just to generate traffic to their website. Google search and reverse image search websites greatly helps in determining the original source of the information you find in the internet.
3. Protect yourself further. After thinking on protecting yourself, think of ways how your protection can fail and what kind of fallback action can you do. Consider things like: What if your mobile device or your two-factor authentication key got stolen?
You should know beforehand what kind of actions can you take if an incident occurs. Also, it is important that your secret questions that retrieve your passwords are actually secret. It shouldn’t be something like your birthday or your mother’s maiden name. If possible, you should set a custom secret question and not from the dropdown list of suggested secret questions. If it’s too late to change these then you should avoid posting private identifiable information such as birthday, contact numbers, and address. These information are also usually tied in with your credit cards. Keeping these private helps avoid possible identity theft.
4. Doubting is not a bad thing. You don’t need to be a security analyst in order to practice security. Having the security as a mindset does not only help your online accounts secure but also avoid scams in real life situations.
5. Avoid free public wifi. Connecting to free public wifi is bad idea. Hackers usually connect to these devices in order to sniff around information. Almost everyone’s credit card information is stored in their mobile device because of the convenience of online shopping. You definitely wouldn’t want to give crucial information away. Also do not login your personal accounts using other people’s device. Even if it is someone you trust, you never know if their device is possibly compromised by malware and viruses. Also, logout your account and change your password immediately if you intend to use a computer at an internet cafe.
If only everyone has good security practice not only in real life but also in our online accounts, what would we be giving hackers are not passwords but time, a hard time dealing with security.