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Cybersecurity & Best Practices to Protect Yourself Online in 2023

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Updated: January 4th, 2023

As the internet becomes an increasingly integral part of our daily lives, it's important for individuals to be aware of the risks of cybersecurity threats and to take steps to protect themselves online. Cybersecurity threats can come in many forms, including malware, phishing scams, and data breaches, and they can have serious consequences for individuals, such as identity theft or financial loss.

Here are some best practices for protecting yourself online:

  1. Use strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts, and use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters to create a strong password.

  2. Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring you to enter a code that is sent to your phone or email in addition to your password.

  3. Be cautious about sharing personal information online. Avoid sharing sensitive information such as your Social Security number or financial information on public websites, and be careful about who you share your personal information with.

  4. Keep your software and devices up to date with the latest security patches. Hackers often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software, so it's important to keep your devices and software up to date to protect yourself.

  5. Use antivirus software and a firewall to protect your devices. Antivirus software can help protect your devices against malware, while a firewall can help protect your devices against unauthorized access.

  6. Be cautious about emails and websites. Be wary of emails or websites that ask for personal information or that contain links or attachments that you weren't expecting.

  7. Use a virtual private network (VPN) when connected to public WiFi. A VPN encrypts your internet connection and can help protect your data when you're connected to public WiFi.

By following these best practices, you can help protect yourself and your personal information online. It's important to be vigilant about cybersecurity threats and to take steps to protect yourself to ensure that you can safely enjoy the benefits of the internet.

Another action you can take to prevent being targeted by cybercrime is using a tool like PrivacyHawk, which identifies where your personal data is exposed, putting you at risk, and automatically removes these vulnerabilities. It's available in the Apple App Store, try it today!

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