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The term "digital security" refers to technology and services used to secure and protect one's online identity while ensuring a secure digital network. They include cybersecurity solutions such as antivirus software, web services, biometrics, and mobile devices. In addition, digital security measures include internet behaviour (such as encryption), virtual private networks ( VPN ), data recovery services, and backup systems. The keyword in digital security is "security." If one's information is secure, it should mean that unauthorized sources cannot access their personal or professional information.
What are the best ways to ensure digital security?
Digital security is a practice that requires diligence on both individuals and companies. It means being smart about online behaviour for individual users, while for companies, it means having proactive measures to protect their personnel and customers.
Individuals must familiarize themselves with internet threats such as malware and phishing scams which they should avoid or quickly report when encountering them online. They also advise using strong passwords, including numbers, symbols, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, etc. They store these passwords safely on a password management tool like LastPass, regularly update antivirus software, avoid using public WiFi, and turn on 2-factor authentication.
As for businesses, they must protect their employees with regular cyber security training, install encryption software on company devices, establish a communication protocol in case of data breaches, encrypt sensitive information that hackers can use against them (like client lists), set strong passwords/passphrases for team member logins, block suspicious sites from accessing the network to stop possible infections from spreading, apply two-factor authentication measures to important accounts like email addresses where reports are sent.
The future of digital security
As technology advances, so does the need to further provide better solutions to further protect online identities. One focus is building up protection around user behaviour as it involves practices expected when using the internet. For instance, user behaviour analytics is a method that seeks to identify suspicious activity within the network. It works by identifying patterns of "normal" during regular internet usage and what deviates from these patterns once malware enters the picture.
Another focus is building up protection around connected devices through systems like machine learning, which learns the standard operations for connected devices in the system. Machine learning also requires zero configuration, so users can benefit from it without manually setting parameters, thus further lowering security risks brought about by human error.
It is not enough to focus on protecting information; it's more important now than ever before to watch the very act of retrieving this information - an act that involves multiple steps that could be vulnerable when security measures are neglected or implemented poorly.
What are some common threats to online security?
Malicious programs (malware) target individuals through their devices, resulting in the loss of sensitive data like bank account numbers, passwords, addresses, and other personal details. It can also mean the spread of an infection within a network, which could compromise important files or intellectual property present on them.
Who needs digital security?
Everyone who has access to the internet! Aside from personal information, hackers can also use malware to access a company's internal network and steal sensitive data. Thus, businesses with valuable trade secrets or customer details must ensure that their systems are secure from malicious attacks.
What are the major threats to security?
There are several potential threats, including viruses and malware. Hackers can also gain access to valuable information via phishing scams that target users by tricking them into entering personal details or passwords into fraudulent websites that resemble those they need to log into. Likewise, there is always a risk of employees sharing sensitive company files with hackers if their work devices happen to be infected with malware. Another threat comes from weakly protected WiFi hotspots where people connect to public networks without securing their devices first.
What is considered vital business information?
Any information that would cause harm if it falls into the wrong hands. This includes team member information such as salaries, addresses, social security numbers (SSN), and other employee identification numbers like employee ID (EID). In addition, it provides client lists such as names and contact numbers that could be used for identity theft. Information regarding contract details, negotiations, and projects is also considered vital business information. Data analysis is another source of critical business information.
What are the most common methods used by hackers to steal data?
Hackers can use viruses, malware, phishing scams, ransomware, and spyware for this purpose.
Viruses - Delivered through an infected file that is sent via email or downloaded from a malicious website. Once opened on the target system, it copies itself onto other files in the system then forwards itself back to its sender, which could be someone outside of your company's network. It also deletes essential files within the network, always ensuring that it leaves a message behind stating "I have been here" so you know who was responsible for deleting your files. This means not being able to access any files stored on your devices.
Malware - This involves using malicious programs to gain access to your system, allowing hackers to steal information or spy on you through your devices. It can also be used to damage an organization's internal network by deleting files and corrupting data systems, which could mean financial losses.
Phishing scams - Otherwise known as "spoofing," where hackers would typically send an email disguised as legitimate communication from a service provider like Google, Apple iCloud, Microsoft, BofA or any other institution that holds funds for you under their custody. The hacker only has to copy the logo and address of the company's official website then create a new one that will look exactly like it except for some minor details that trick you into believing that it is actually from the company. They can even create a fake website that would look exactly like your bank's or service provider's login page if you were to take a look at it with your web browser, so be careful!
Phishing scams can also happen by phone and text message, so always watch out for those and never give away any personal and sensitive information over the phone unless you are sure that you are talking to an actual representative of the institution involved. You may even use services such as Google Voice or other VOIP providers that allow anyone to call utilizing another person's number but still ensure that you protect yourself just as much as before. If you happen to receive spam emails attached with suspicious documents, then it might be best to block the sender before allowing the document to open.
Ransomware - This involves hackers locking out or blocking system resources so they can demand money in exchange for you gaining access back into your devices. One popular ransomware is Cryptolocker and was used in a scam that targeted Tewksbury Police Department. The message stated: Your computer has been locked by the Tewksbury Police Department; with this notice, we have blocked your computer from accessing any online data (including emails, bank information and photos). You can only unlock it by paying a $100 fine via GreenDot MoneyPak... which means you must pay us to get access back on your device. Note: We do NOT accept payments made outside of the US.
Spyware - This is one of the most common methods hackers use to steal important information from their target victims. Software that enables a hacker to control your webcam and microphone without your knowledge is considered spyware. They can use it for video/audio/keyboard/mouse recording, taking screenshots of what's on your screen) which you would never know unless you happen to notice any abnormal activity with your device. Hackers would then use this for blackmailing or extortion purposes against their victim, such as "We have recorded several videos and images while you were using your computer at home..."
Hackers also look for unsecured public wireless networks at cafes and restaurants where do not require passwords to gain access. Hackers can also connect to unsecured wireless home networks by using the information they could retrieve from your social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to gain access into your devices at home without your permission.
Tell me the difference between cyber security and digital security?
The field of digital security is concerned with managing your identity digitally, whereas information security and data encryption are part of cyber security. Cyber protection refers to the protection of sensitive data from accidental and non-malicious attacks. The words "cyber" and "data" are sometimes used interchangeably by industry professionals. However, there is a difference between cyber security and data safety. Take online banking. Its data security ensures the money in your bank account is safe from hackers. Still, it's cyber security that prevents an intruder from entering your computer to get at the information stored on its hard drive. Cybersecurity is more than just encryption and firewalls-its about defending against viruses, malware, ransomware, and other known and unknown threats while ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all information assets. Cyber security is the protection of information from unauthorized access, change or destruction to maintain data integrity.
While cyber security is focused on preventing online identity theft, digital security refers to protecting the personal information that might be stolen during an offline attack. Digital security involves securing devices that store or transmit personal information, like computers and mobile phones; apps; your home network (e.g. WiFi router); and even smart devices like thermostats and cameras inside your home by using multi-factor authentication methods like biometrics (like fingerprint scanning), password managers (like LastPass) and two-factor authentication through services like Authy or Google Authenticator.
List some examples of digital security tools?
The program protects your personal information while you're visiting various websites. Unfortunately, its numerous (and frequently abused) targets are vulnerable to hackers and robbers. Next, we'll look at specific security measures for protecting your private information online.
Don't provide your personal information unless you're sure of the website's security measures. Here are some signs of a safe site:
Look for the lock icon on the browser or URL bar. Check that it shows "HTTPS," which means they have a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate installed on their server. This encrypts your data during transmission and makes it harder for hackers to intercept your private information.
Always check for the "https" in the URL before entering your name, credit card number, or other personal information.
Some website forms ask you to enter a CAPTCHA. This is a way of checking whether the user is a bot rather than a human by asking them to re-enter some words from an image using OCR software. If it's a natural person, they should be able to read and type in the characters in the picture.
Look at the address bar while you're submitting a form on your web browser for your email. Does it end with "mailto:" not HTTP://? What this means is when you submit this form, it will send an email from their domain to [email protected]. Again, this is a sign of a trusted website.
Avoid submitting your name, credit card number or any other personal information on websites that don't feature these signs of trust. There are some tools like web browser plug-ins like Norton Identity Safe (browser plugin for Firefox and Google Chrome), which takes care of the security while you're doing your online banking & shopping; paying utility bills; etc., by notifying you if the site that you're visiting is safe or not!
You can use "password managers" to protect yourself against cyber hackers. Passwords managers generate strong, random passwords for you to use when signing up at websites so that it's harder for password stealers to crack your account login credentials. Passwords managers also store your username and password information so you can quickly log in to various websites without having to remember the different usernames and passwords of each site.
What do you think about password managers?
They can be accommodating, but always remember that these tools are meant for convenience, not security-meaning they're only as secure as you make them. You should always use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication, so bad guys don't get into your account. Two-factor authentication is using something in addition to a username and password to access your accounts like security keys (Google Authenticator), text messages or code generators (Authy). These types of double verification methods help keep hackers out since they need multiple pieces of information to gain entry into people's accounts (Username & Password + Security Key/Text Message/Code Generator). Passwords managers are great, but they don't replace two-factor authentication!
You can also use a "VPN" (Virtual Private Network) to encrypt your web activities. VPNs work by connecting you to remote servers that act as a go-between for all the traffic flowing between you and the internet. All your communications then pass through this virtual tunnel, making it difficult for cyber hackers or spying eyes to monitor your online activity. It's like having high walls around your house with no doors; everything gets in through the windows (in clear text). But with a VPN, all the information coming in is encrypted before anyone even reaches inside your home; plus, there is only one door (decryption port) for all the people coming in. VPNs are great protection tools, but they're not impenetrable--nothing's 100% foolproof.
The most recommended of these "VPNs" is HideMyAss! (for Windows & Mac computers), ExpressVPN or StrongVPN (for Windows, Android or iOS devices). There is also Opera Browser with a built-in free VPN .
Why is digital data security important??
Infographic 2018 identifies the most significant data breach in the past year. According to the Infographic, as of October 15, 2018, data is being compromised in more than 1.7 million cases each day. And it shows out above s.
Digital data security is essential because a lot of our personal information is kept these days electronically. We don't have to go to the bank or send checks through the mail as often as we used to, payments are made online, and records of your expenses are saved in a database system. People tend to use the same username & passwords for multiple websites, which could make you vulnerable if one website's database gets hacked into, exposing all those other accounts that you're using the same username/password combination at! Hackers will try this username/password combination on other sites that they know about, and if successful, they've got access to everything you hold precious electronically! That's why data security is very-to protect ourselves from prying eyes and potential hackers who can use our information to do bad things such as steal money, launch cyber-attacks or sell personal info online to the highest bidder.
Don't be too overwhelmed if you don't know what all this stuff is, though! Most of it will go way over your head, and that's OKAY because you're an average person. ALWAYS pay attention when checking out on a website by looking at the web address bar in your browser-it should always begin with HTTP://, https:// or some other form of "s" indicating that it's a secure connection. Also, make sure that your browser shows a padlock icon that tells you that everything from entering passwords to submitting payment details should be encrypted while being sent. This is usually located on the right-hand side of your browser next to the address bar.
As far as passwords go, it's always good to have different passwords for each account that you hold on services & websites but keep them strong and long. Use upper/lower case letters, numbers and special symbols! A tip is to use phrases instead of single words for passwords (ex. "iLoveNY" can become "I_L0ve_N3w_Y0rk") or use a password manager like LastPass or Dashlane, which can automatically generate extremely secure and complicated codes for your saved sites so you only need remember one super-long master password.
We know this sounds kind of daunting, and we don't blame you for being intimidated by all this, but it's essential to be safe and secure these days. The more you practice safe browsing habits, the easier it will get! We recommend starting strong with your data security journey by watching Michael Bazzell's "Dead Simple Digital Security," which should help ground you in online security concepts so that everything else will start to make sense.
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