How to protect yourself from cyberattacks

How to protect yourself from cyberattacks
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In light of recent cyberattacks, there's no better time to make sure that all your personal information is secure. With that in mind, tech website CNET has come up with a checklist to help you safeguard yourself against security breaches.

Protect your password

In this day and age, it's relatively simple for passwords to be compromised, even if you keep them to yourself. Computer security expert Bruce Scheier recommends that you "combine a personally memorable sentence with some personally memorable tricks to modify that sentence into a password."

Use better account protection

Even so, passwords are no longer the only way to protect an account. In addition to your username and password, make sure to utilize two-factor authorisation. This way, there is an additional security credential -- like a fingerprint, a unique pattern, or even a text code -- before you can access accounts.

Stay safe when online shopping

When shopping on the internet, there's always a risk of credit card information being stolen. To minimise this risk, make sure you shop on a website with a "https" prefix, instead of simply "http". The final "s" indicates that the site is secure and encrypts communications between website and user.

Secure your email

While it may seem like second nature not to open spam emails with strange attachments, sometimes spam comes from what seems to be trustworthy accounts. So if you get an unexpected email from someone you actually know, make sure to double check with the sender if it was intentionally sent.

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