Staying safe online

It is hard to imagine a world without the internet. It is one technology that has had an impact on every facet of our lives. With the entire world being 'connected', it also gives rise to increased access to people's private information that leads to security issues too. In fact, these days business for specialized cyber security services is booming. It is not surprising with though with cyber crimes on the rise.


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Early days

The fear about hackers playing havoc with a connected network was in existence even when the internet was only in a conceptual stage. There were in fact several people who had expressed such fears in the 1960s when ARPANET, the precursor to the internet had made its debut. With the entry of the internet, the first major malware made its appearance in 1989. Created by Robert Morris the self-propagating virus wreaked havoc on the internet.

Virus attacks

The Morris worm had woken up the authorities to seriously consider setting up specialized cells to tackle the menace of cyber security services. This led to the birth of emergency response teams in many countries. The 90s saw the damage caused by viruses such as 'ILOVEYOU' and 'Melissa', which infected millions of PCs around the world. The increasing threats posed by such viruses meant that there was a lot of research being done on developing anti-virus software. By the 2000s cybercrime had become more sophisticated. Information about millions of credit cards, for example, was stolen by hackers in the United States. Similarly, hackers have also regularly started breaching into and stealing confidential government related information in several parts of the world.

Security

With increased usage of internet, key information regarding your financial transactions, profile, personal information, etc. is always in danger of falling into the wrong hands. It is therefore important that you know how to stay protected from the dangers of the internet. Let us take a look at some simple tips that will help you keep hackers at bay.

Use complex answers to security questions

Make sure that you are creating complex answers to security questions, such as "What is your mother's maiden name?". Many a time we unknowingly fill up these columns with truthful answers. Remember, this way you could be giving a chance for the cyber-criminals to access your accounts. They can easily find guessable answers by tracking information about you on other websites such as social media sites.

Use different passwords for different accounts

While it may seem easy to create one complex password and use it in multiple accounts, this would give a chance to the hacker to hack one account and then repeat it across your different accounts. You therefore are advised to use different passwords for different accounts.

Don't open suspicious email attachments

Many a times hackers use the trick of sending malware using one of your friend's name. If you were to receive such strange emails it is in your best interests not to open the mails for it could be a trick to infect your computer with a virus. It could also be a 'phishing' trick, wherein as soon as you open the attachment, all the information stored in your computer could be accessed by the hacker.