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8 steps to prevent a cyber attack

We live in a society totally dependent on technology, so our business and personal information is exposed to possible cyber attacks.

There really is no magic formula that allows you to be 100% protected but it can make the way for attackers difficult. Keep in mind that even large multinational companies have suffered damage due to unknown vulnerabilities.

With the use of social networks, the frequency of personal attacks has increased in recent years. It is a sector where people expose themselves too much and lower their guard because they feel within a comfort zone. It is still a place as prone to attack as any other.

What minimum steps must be taken to prevent an attack?

1. Protect equipment

Any electronic device kept at home or in the office should be completely up to date. The classic system updates can be annoying but they are essential as many correct security holes. In addition, you must have antivirus and antimalware that are endorsed by the community when it comes to detecting malicious files.

2. Strong passwords

Not the name of our children, not our mascot, not the favorite soccer team . Of course, do not put only numbers and that above are related to the password of another type of account such as the bank. You always have to combine numbers, uppercase letters, lowercase letters and symbols. In this way it is more difficult to get them and that they do not appear in standard libraries.

3. Use security protocols

It is an essential step, otherwise file transfers to a server can become completely vulnerable. If data is also accessed or sent through unknown sources or untrustworthy sites, the cyberattack is being facilitated.

4. Check the authenticity of links and profiles

It is very common to suffer attacks through phishing through which an attempt is made to acquire confidential information fraudulently, usually through email. Today in social networks false profiles are created to capture this data, especially through unofficial accounts of companies in order to deceive.

5. Avoid giving personal data

Mainly in the social networks themselves and in any type of web page that is not trustworthy. It is advisable to only use them when it is essential, but even so, large companies have suffered the theft of their clients’ information, so there is no maximum security for this matter . We must also be aware of who we share our information with on the network, be it through images or text.

6. Don’t download pirated content

On the web there are numerous options to download software or multimedia files with the best music or movies. They are a good source to try to put malicious programs on the system and thus be able to carry out an attack. Even if the download is legal, it is necessary to first check that the website is not suspicious.

7. Make a backup

It is something fundamental because if we suffer some type of attack or have a problem we can always recover the lost information. At first it may be lazy to do it but in the long run it is appreciated to have that support.

8. Report to the authorities

Whenever we find content that is not appropriate or with a page that may pose a risk to the user, it is best to report it to the police or bodies in charge of this type of process. Otherwise you are allowing them to continue operating against the cybernetic system.

Alejandro García writes in Geekpunto.com

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