What do you think will happen in the unfortunate event that your laptop computer is lost? Seriously, pause for a second and ask yourself how critically important information you actually store in your smartphone and laptop device in 2022. Basically, technological devices and internet security is a subject that most of us Aussies do not pay the attention that we should.
We must keep our laptops secured, be it from opportunistic thieves that might steal your laptop, or possible online hackers whom might steal your information when you connect to the internet.
But how do you secure your device from various attacks that actually occur every single day? The Electronic Fix Brisbane’s leading computer and laptop repair and upgrade service specialists can protect your devices as well as share practical tips that you can easily incorporate towards your daily technology usage.
Types of Device Security
When securing your laptop, think of security both from physical and virtual attacks point of view.
Physical attacks could be in the form of another student sneaking a peek at your laptop screen trying to see which websites you are visiting, or a total stranger at a local library curiously looking to see what your email password is. Or it could be forgetting to lock your vehicle when visiting a local shopping centre, and then leaving your smartphone on the seat clearly visible for anyone walking pass.
Virtual attacks can be thought of identity thieves trying their fishing attempts online, recent SMS messages to links to fishing websites, or hackers trying to install a malware on your laptop when you visit a website browsing the internet.
First Line of Defence Strong Password
A laptop password is the first line of defence we have against possible unauthorised login. It may not be the strongest form of protection, but at least, it is a great start to add a layer of security barrier, especially when working at an office environment (or using your laptop at school settings).
The strength of the password relies on many factors and combination of characters you choose. Never use passwords that can be easily guessed like your name or birth year.
The rule of thumb is combine upper-case and lower-case letters coupled with numbers and punctuations and have at least 10 characters (mind you, this is still considered basic and medium strength for a password). Never carry written passwords in your purse or wallet.
Today in 2022, most digital devices offer you biometric login options, whether this is face recognition, Windows Hello, thumbprint verification or others. Whenever possible turn on 2-Step verification for any online accounts for added security.
Install Antivirus Internet Security Software
To protect your computer from possible infiltration of viruses or malware, install a trusted antivirus software program (internet security and anti-malware). Mostly used reputable antivirus software programs work in real-time offering your device better protection against malicious files or programs.
Scanning your device on regular basis conducting a full deep scan and clean-up is a good computer maintenance regime. At minimum use Windows Defender and also reputable Internet Security Software.
What if you own an Apple MacBook Pro or work using macOS? Despite many Apple Mac users thinking that malicious software and computer viruses are something Microsoft Window users should worry about, does NOT mean Apple Macs are immune from malicious software or online attacks.
Note: those living in Queensland Australia can contact us about our full computer check-up performed by our professionals as well as get computer virus removal in Brisbane service by The Electronic Fix computer and technology specialists.
Familiarise Yourself with Cyber Security
The best way to protect yourself (or your children) in todays’ fast paced digital world is to always be better informed about different ways and methods you can use to increase cyber security. Although our government is doing their best, they can not protect every single one of us when it comes to evolving threats technology dependence and Internet poses (both to individuals or businesses).
Latest techniques scammers and hackers use are creative to say the least, so thus, never rest on your laurels. You, yourself need to be suspicious when handling communications online or through your smartphone. We’ve grouped the most important habits you can easily make your own.
It is unfortunate but true, scammers usually located in India or Africa (or elsewhere) using automated programs to call you from a number that looks like its coming from an Australians landline or Australian mobile number, or they send out automated SMS messages hoping to trick someone (and the sad news is, they sometimes do). That means, be informed about the latest methods those scammers use.
So, whenever you get an SMS or Email (for example: banking CommBank, ANZ, Westpac, PayPal, etc. Australian Tax Office (ATO) asking you to check your account, confirm your login details or change your password) then, treat all of them as a scam until you identify it as otherwise.
You too may have seen watching TV Current Affair or ABC News about the horror stories of scammers targeting Aussies. Strongest form of defence against scammers is to familiarise yourself about the what and how scammers conduct their attacks. Be on the lookout.
Never click on SMS message links that look suspicious.
Never click on Email message links that look suspicious.
Never provide your sensitive financial information through a phone call
Never provide your login details or passwords if someone sends an email or SMS asking for you to change it.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre has step-by-step guides that you can easily learn from. If you do reside in Brisbane and would prefer us to conduct full computer security audits on your laptop computer or Business Intranet, The Electronic Fix computer experts in Brisbane can provide remote or on-premise solutions.