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The Importance of Cybersecurity Knowledge

In today’s increasingly digital world, cyber threats are constantly evolving and multiplying. Hackers and scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to infiltrate people’s devices, steal data, and compromise accounts.  Unfortunately, most users lack the technical knowledge to properly secure themselves against these threats.
If you use a smartphone, laptop or any internet-connected device, it’s crucial that you understand cybersecurity best practices. Things like using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication whenever possible, being wary of phishing links and unsolicited requests for personal information, keeping software up to date, and using a reputable mobile security solution.
Being cyber resilient is critical in today’s world. Don’t be a victim of fraud, hacking or identity theft due to lack of awareness.  Staying ahead of threats and keeping your data, devices and accounts safe should be a priority for all technology users.  Build your cybersecurity confidence today!
Here are some effective ways to protect your mobile device:
•Use strong and unique passwords to lock your phone. Biometric options like fingerprint or face ID can also help prevent unauthorized access. But do not rely only on biometrics.
•Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. This adds an extra layer of security for your accounts and mobile wallet. Use authentication apps or text messages to generate one-time codes.
•Install a reputable mobile security app. Options include McAfee Mobile Security, Kaspersky Security, Bitdefender Antivirus & Security, ESET NOD32 Antivirus and others. They offer features like antivirus, anti-theft, firewall, password protection and shared virus database updates.
•Be cautious of phishing messages and malicious links. Phishers often target mobile users via SMS, social media links, messaging links or phone calls to install malware or steal data. Never click links or download attachments from unknown or untrusted sources.
•Enable privacy features to restrict access. Limit contacts access to your info, block unknown numbers, disable GPS tagging in photos and more to prevent hacking attempts.
•Keep your mobile operating system and software up-to-date. Updates often patch security vulnerabilities that malicious actors can exploit. Check for updates regularly and install them as soon as they become available.
•Be careful using public Wi-Fi networks. Public hotspots are not secure and information can be easily visible to criminals. Avoid conducting sensitive activities like banking, shopping or emailing personal info on unsecured Wi-Fi.
•Watch out for malicious apps. Only download apps from official app stores to avoid infection by malware, trojans, ransomware or other viruses. Check reviews from other users first and watch out for names/ hype that sounds too good to be true.
•Consider using a mobile firewall app. Firewall adds an extra layer of protection between your device and the internet. It blocks unauthorized access, monitors apps for suspicious traffic and keeps your information private.
•Back up your phone regularly. Backups help ensure your information and data remain available if anything happens to your physical device like loss, theft, damage or malware infection. Store backup copies in the cloud, on an external storage card and with your other important personal files.
•Remain cautious of unsolicited calls or messages. Legitimate companies will not ask for sensitive data or payment info over the phone. Never provide account passwords, credit card numbers, or other private data if contacted unexpectedly by phone or text message. Hang up or delete.
Knowledge is power, and we want to ensure you have the knowledge to keep your power. Together, we can all achieve digital resilience!

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