Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Online security tips to avoid cyber criminals and keep you safe from Malware


Cyber crimes are going to be more and more clever and complicated in the modern time. We have to be much more alert to save our system and data. Following tips may be helpful to avoid a critical situation 
Cyber Security Tips
Cyber Security Tips

Beware of hyperlinks in received emails

Always open a link in an email received, after due application of mind because the criminals are very clever and send the emails looking like genuine. They may use forged logo or letter head of a prestigious office or institute like banks, Govt. offices etc. 

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Check links in the Email carefully

Always open the links when your are 100 per cent sure about the genuineness of the link. Though you can check at your end using a simple trick. Just hover your mouse over the link and your browser will display the real URL at the bottom left corner. Please note that this is not a sure test and the criminals may have been tricky using any setting.

Beware of Smishing

Smishing  is a  lesser talked about variant of phishing, though most of us are well-aware about phishing. Phishing is  an attempts using email and an phishing attempts over SMSis termed as Smishing. Smishing is also referred to as ‘SMSishing’ sometimes. Typically, the user receives an SMS looking like from a trusted source – like your bank, a reputes firm or a govt. office or a friend asking you to enter some type of personal details click on a link given. However, that SMS will be forged and not from that trusted source mentioned in it at all.

Keep your OS always Updated

Always keep PC and  mobile devices operating system up to date, because the vendors always keep on developing patches against new coming malware and update their users timely. Install an anti-malware solution on your Android. 

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Always Prefer desktop computer for financial transactions

You may believe or not but desktops  and laptops are considered more safer in comparison with mobile phones. Please keep in mind the enormous rise in Mobile Malware. As per a study Mobile malware is a huge problem as the users store more personal and sensitive data like text messages, contacts, photos, emails etc on their smart Phones.

Beware of Links within SMS messages

Links within SMS messages hard to check out but where a link shortener service is used is SMS messages, please never trust it. If in doubt, contact the source of origin for confirmation. Do not just delete or ignore such incidents but report all smishing to your mobile service provider. Be active in reporting these attacks, your action may helps your mobile provider to block further malicious SMS messages and your action might save from getting caught out.

Beware of Pharming

A cyber attack with the intention to redirect a website's traffic to another, fake website is termed as Pharming. Pharming may be possible either by exploiting vulnerability in DNS server software or by changing the hosts file on a victim's computer. Pharming is a type of scamming in which malicious code is installed on a personal computer or server, misdirecting users to fraudulent Web sites without their knowledge or consent. Pharming is also called "phishing without a lure.". in Pharming Internet users are redirected from legitimate Web sites to malicious ones using a DNS cache poisoning. The pharmer covertly hijacks your computer and takes you to a copycat Web site.

Use an adblocker

Adblockers may keep you a little safe however, those earning on pay per click websites may not use the adblockers. 

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Use a good antivirus

Always use a good quality antivirus software, preferably a paid and auto updating version that includes web-filtering, as they protect their users from malicious websites. The windows defender may be the best option for those using Microsoft windows 10.

Always Keep your Location Secret

Many of us feel  to share our holiday tours or other relevant location, plans, etc. But for example you are on a vacation tour with family  and you have shared all these details it, means unknowingly you have informed the thieves that you’re on vacation and not at your home. Please never forget to set up a light on a timer so criminals believe that someone is at home. Please note that never share such things Publicly.  Better to share such things when you have finished the tour and returned to home.

Avoid Adware While shopping online

While online shopping, you search for an item, it starts to pop up on other websites  you visit. This is called an Adware, and another spyware software may be monitoring you as these are customized in this way. Even legitimate and reputed  retailers have been fooled this way by displaying infected ads on their legitimate websites.

Carefully use Social media

All the Social media websites are considered to heaven or a gold-mine of information for Cyber Criminals. The Cyber Criminals are so clever that sharing even simple details of your lifestyle may be very useful for them to gather more personal information about you

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Always Keep your firmware up to date

Always  keep the firmware of your routers, webcams, and DVRs Updated. If  you are not  an expert and unsure how to do it, call a tech-expert and get it done if you want to avoid the severe problem.
No antivirus is 100 percent perfect

No antivirus, anti-malware can guarantee that it is 100 per cent perfect and secure. If someone claims this, never believe it because new virus, Malware come all the time.

Beware of shortened URLs

Shortened URLs are considered to be more dangerous so please Don’t click a Shortened URL without thinking unless you are dead sure about the legitimacy of this URL, make double sure that you have checked this out very carefully.

Follow these golden cyber security rules

Rule No-1– Always Backup.
Rule No-2– Always Update and Make sure that everythings of your operating system like Flash, Java, Adobe Reader antimalware software are always up to date.
Rule No–3- Never click a links, or ad unless you are 100% sure of their genuineness.
Rule No–4– Prefer Desktop while doing financial transactions.
Rule No – 5 – Try to avoid Public Wi-Fi.
Rule No – 6 – beware of shortened URLS.
 Rule No – 7 – Never download a software from an unknown website.
Rule No – 8 – Always choose custom install option and carefully uncheck all unwanted things to avoid any thing bundled in.
Rule No – 9 – Always try to go online in the capacity of a standard user instead of Administrator.
Rule No–10- Never ignore a software update.
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