You feel unsafe online. Daily, you face increased risks that threaten you, your family, and your business. Simple Online Security helps. We take the mystery and the inconvenience out of cybersecurity.
Your Online Security, LLC team stays informed. We keep you educated regarding the latest online threats and how to defend against them.
You probably spend more time with your smartphone than any other device. Hackers know that. Government agencies know that. Corporate attorneys know that. Law enforcement organizations know that. Do you see the pattern?
Fake cell phone towers
Did you know that the FBI has portable fake cell phone towers? Without paying attention, you may connect to one of these, allowing the government to intercept all your voice and data communications.
Hackers have similar tools. Besides tower spoofing, cybercriminals can execute man-in-the-middle attacks at the DNS level.
Lost or stolen devices
Much of your life revolves around your smartphone and other connected devices. What happens when you lose a device or someone steals it? Many apps and web browsers store your login credentials, including usernames and passwords. If someone has your phone, they have access to your private information.
Remote lock and wipe
Equip your phone with a remote lock tool that will ensure that no one can gain access to it until you recover it. Some security tools come with a “wipe” feature that allows you to destroy your phone’s data remotely when you lose it.
Regardless of whether you use Windows, Mac OS, or Linux, you face online security threats. From viruses and malware to configuration issues, your computer provides a gateway to all your private data.
Your computer contains personal information that should never fall into the wrong hands. From bank accounts to photographs to intellectual property, you should encrypt your sensitive files.
In the past, encryption required much time and effort. Now, thanks to the availability of utilities such as NordLocker, you can drag and drop private files and share them with allowed users.
If you use peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing services, you must take special security precautions. For instance, never expose your ISP-assigned IP address to file-sharing environments.
Movies and files shared via putlockers and bit torrents can carry malware, spyware, and viruses, so learn to protect yourself.
You can increase your online security by connecting to a virtual private network before using the internet. If you have internet-connected devices (IoT), buy a VPN-enabled router to protect your entire network.
We recommend you get NordVPN. It’s a verified no-logs VPN that offers industry-leading privacy, speed, and security.
Also, a VPN can help you safely use public Wi-Fi networks such as those found in airports, libraries, Starbucks, and schools.
We help you secure your home, home office, and business networks. You can maintain your online security without making your Wi-Fi inconvenient.
You need a robust Wi-Fi access key to discourage brute-force attacks. Otherwise, hackers and freeloaders can use automated tools to gain access to your home or small business network.
Cable and DSL modems come with well-known default administrator passwords. If you don’t change these, cyber-intruders can easily gain access to your network. They can steal your bandwidth and intercept your data.
Check the signal strength settings of your Wi-Fi router. Set it as low as possible to avoid sharing your Wi-Fi coverage with your neighbors and passers by.
Apps and Devices
From online shopping to smart home devices, you have your digital hands full. We’ll help you develop a healthy online security regime that improves the safety of all your apps and devices.
Text message spam
You must learn to tell the difference between a legitimate text message and one that comes from a spam bot.
Avoid tapping on sales pitches, especially when they sound general or contain spelling and grammar errors.
If you doubt the authenticity of a text message, delete it. Afterward, contact the purported senders directly to verify them as the source.
Cyber criminals evolve with technology. In other words, online security threats increase as you increase your dependence on devices. Email remains one of the most dangerous threats, so beware when clicking on links and replying to messages.
Year after year, publicly available consumer information reveals a lax attitude towards passwords.
Never use passwords that someone could guess. Instead, protect your computer, smartphone, tablet, or similar device with strong passwords. Get NordPass or LastPass to simplify and strengthen your password management.
You think you have a package delivered, but you have, instead, infected your phone with malware. Managing online scams begins with a good online security education. Learn to recognize what’s fake and what’s real in your text messages, emails, apps, and notifications.
If you’re looking for love or companionship, you open the door to many online security threats. So-called “romance scammers” will create fake profiles on dating and social media sites to attract your attention.
Before you know it, you share private information that scammers can monetize.
Never share any of your personal or business information with someone via text or email. Links that look legitimate may lead to online forms that solicit data entry.
Tech support scams
Unscrupulous people will try to convince you that your device has a problem. Next, they will attempt to sell you on a solution. These scams can give strangers access to the most important parts of your phone or computer.
Why do people steal your online data? Sure, they may want to either sell or use your information. In the end, many online security lapses lead to identity theft. People assume your identity and use it to apply for loans, send messages, and post to social media.
Social and political activists scour the web, looking for their opponents. When they locate them, they investigate them and post their real name, address, and other personal information publicly online.
In addition to humiliating people, doxing serves to target them. Some of the results of doxing include:
- Public shaming.
- Physical violence.
- Property destruction.
- Loss of employment and employability.
- Blackballed from financial transaction services.
- Banned from ride-sharing services.
- Identification and harassment of a target’s children.
Technically, doxing isn’t a scam. It’s an attack. Although doxing has destroyed many lives, the law has only dealt with a few doxers.
Proper online security procedures will help you preserve your identity and security along with your freedom of speech.
Before discarding or selling a device, wipe it clean of all your personal information. Besides performing a factory reset, use BleachBit (It’s what Hillary Clinton used) or similar software to ensure that no one can recover your deleted files.
If you dispose of an electronic device, render it unusable first. Use a hammer to smash hard drives, USB flash sticks, memory cards, and phones. When possible, use multiple destructive techniques to ensure that no one will recover your data.
Did you know that online security has an offline component? Always burn or shred documents that contain usernames, passwords, and other potentially compromising information. If you operate a business, shred all your documents that have trade secrets, customer data, vendor information, and other confidential data.
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