Security specialist Check Point shares 5 important tips that can help you better protect yourself against online cyber criminals.
Check Point Software Technologies warns of an increase in theft and sale of personal data such as driver’s licenses and passports on the dark web. Although the number of publicly reported personal data breaches decreased by 48% compared to 2019, the total number of personal data affected increased by 141%, representing a trade value of $ 37 billion, research shows. Cyber criminals remain very active.
Protect your privacy
Personal information – such as phone numbers, email addresses, and location information – is much loved by cyber criminals as it can often reveal login credentials. Moreover, it generates a lot of money for cyber criminals. Privacy Affairs research provides an overview of the prices charged on the dark web for various types of stolen personal data.
For example, credit card information is sold for between $ 12 and $ 35 (roughly between $ 10 and $ 29) and stolen online banking credentials with a minimum balance of $ 2,000 ($ 1.651 EU) are sold for $ 65 ($ 53). The access data to a user’s Gmail account is sold for up to $ 150 (124 EU).
1. Never reuse login details
Theft of login data is a common form of cybercrime. Many people reuse the same usernames and passwords for different accounts. Stealing the credentials of one account thus gives a cyber criminal the opportunity to gain access to multiple accounts. So make sure you use a unique password for each account.
2. Don’t trust unsolicited emails
Always be suspicious of password reset emails. Do not click on links in the email, but always go directly to the website and change your password there. If you also use this password on other websites, make sure to change it there as well.
3. Keep software up to date
Cyber criminals often find access to applications and security software by observing vulnerabilities and exploiting them. Fortunately, there are developers who actively look for new vulnerabilities and look for a solution. Constantly updating the latest versions of software reduces the chance of an attack being successful.
4. Choose multi-factor authentication
Setting up multi-factor authentication forces users to enter their identities different ways before they gain access to a system, for example via a facial scan, passcode or fingerprint. This reduces the chance that a cyber criminal can get in, even if he or she has the correct password.
Invest in prevention
Most ransomware attacks can be detected and resolved before it’s too late. To minimize the chances of an attack, it is important to invest in an automated threat detection system that helps you detect online threats.