Rising cyber attacks: What can Indians do to protect their data?

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Since its inception, the Internet has been depicted as a worldwide network without any boundaries. India in 2020 Experienced over 1.1 million cyber attacks, In the same year, the country was in the top 5 with the most cyber security attacks.

Like everyone else, one of the most valuable items on Indians’ devices and networks is the data generated and saved. It is possible to reinstall applications and operating systems. However, the data created by the user is unique. If it is lost or viewed without permission the consequences can be disastrous.

You are likely to find documents containing trade secrets, personal information about workers or customers, or financial data on a network of Indian firms. In addition, apps on the device may expose sensitive information.

As As important as privacy and securityThey don’t need to be complicated or heavy. Indians should take some simple steps to protect their data.

1. Stop using public Wi-Fi for important transactions

Using a public Wi-Fi connection may not be as secure as one thinks. Avoid using public Wi-Fi to conduct financial transactions or communicate other sensitive information.

2. Don’t open strangers’ emails

Receiving email from a known person does not guarantee that its content is secure. Do not open or click on any links or attachments in an email from a source or someone you do not recognize.

Emails from financial institutions, banks and other accounts and services are common. If you want to be safe, open a browser window. Then instead of clicking on the link in the email, enter the URL in the address bar.

3. Do not save password in browser

The “Remember Password” or “Save Password” features in the browser look harmless. However, bad actors can exploit vulnerabilities in browsers to steal the credentials of users saved on their browsers. Also, one can easily access the computers or mobile devices. Someone can access sensitive information on your device if it is in their possession. Recklessly leaving sensitive information, such as account credentials, on your device is unsafe.

4. Do not access third-party sites with your social media accounts

This appears to be an easy way to sign up for a website or online service. Plus, it’s easier to access social media accounts than to type in your credentials. For example, some sites allow you to access their services directly from your Facebook account or email account. However, it may put your privacy at risk. To be on the safe side, go through the normal registration process of all sites.

5. Keep personal information in a safe place at all times

Do not store passwords for your online accounts or personal information such as your credit card number, national identification number, or home address in a public place.

For sensitive documents, consider storing them on a portable storage device that you can stash. You can also store it with a secure cloud service provider. But, again, you should choose hard storage instead of relying on a cloud storage service you don’t trust.

6. Update Your Privacy Settings Frequently

Keeping track of your social media privacy settings is essential. You should make any necessary changes as they develop.

7. Make it a Habit to Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

An additional security layer, two-factor authentication, protects your account if a hacker tries to access it. Two-factor authentication is a security method that requires people to provide two different means of identification. You can better protect your account and data by implementing 2FA.

8. Always use secure websites for important transactions

A digital certificate is used to show that a website is secure when you access it; You should see a padlock on your browser’s search bar. Indians should always use a secure website for financial transactions or other sensitive information.

There is a secure protocol called Secure Sockets Layers (SSL). SSL is used to secure data while traveling over the Internet. You can find out whether a website is secure or not by looking at the beginning of the URL. For example, if you use a URL that begins with https://, you will be protected from hackers.

9. Be Careful About Downloading Files From Shady Sites

Piracy and viruses are common on peer-to-peer networks such as file-sharing websites. In terms of downloading files, avoid any website that you do not fully trust.

10. Keep Email Addresses for Different Purposes

There is nothing more dangerous than using the same email address for all your online accounts. Even if you can use the same email address multiple times, it’s a good idea to have several different email addresses for different purposes. Thus, you must have separate email addresses for personal and business use.

11. Always log out of your accounts

Many people forget to log out of internet services after completing their online activities. Always remember to log out of your accounts as anyone using your device can easily access them.

12. Keep Apps Safe by Locking

App lockers are similar to lock-screen functionality. Locking apps gives an extra layer of security for all applications. In the event that your device is stolen, a password protects the content of your application. As a result, only you can open the device. It also prevents outsiders from gaining access to sensitive data.

App locks can be useful in the workplace for restricting programs and data that can be used by employees. Thus, employees do not have access to sensitive information that is irrelevant to their job description.

Conclusion

Internet privacy is a new and increasingly important issue in Indian society. India should give priority to privacy. Strict measures should also be taken to protect the privacy of both Indians and foreigners whose data is temporarily or permanently residing in India. In addition, the government must continue to seek increased outreach and surveillance powers.

However, Indians should know that they have a role to play. This is why residents and citizens have to take extra steps to protect their data. This article discussed essential tips on how Indians can protect their data. As long as they take these steps, malicious attacks will be less successful.

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