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Four essential steps to ward off cyber attacks

Data protection

August 7, 2014 2:56 by

Kippreport blew the lid off the increasing hazards of cyber attacks in a previous post, here are our top tips to keep your data safe.

1.Change your password (email, Facebook, Twitter… all of them): It is crucial that your password does not stay the same for a long period of time. Kipp knows a few people who have never changed them – not even a single time! Industry experts recommend changing your passwords on all of your accounts a minimum of once every four months.

 2. Choose a difficult password: We don’t mean a random or unpredictable one, because, unfortunately, software is much more intelligent than we like to admit – and cyber attacks are not carried out by men in ski masks (contrary to what the image in your head looks like). Create a password using upper and lower case letters in addition to special characters (aka these guys: !@#$%^&*).

3. Clear browsing history on public computers: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Better yet, avoid logging on to important accounts, such as e-banking, unless you’re on your own device.

4. Read through terms and conditions when downloading an application onto your personal devices: Several apps require access to your private data, namely contact list or location. However, you would be surprised at how many different applications will request access to all of your images.

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