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A Beginner's Guide to Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Online Identity

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In the age of digital connectivity, our online identity is a valuable asset that requires vigilant protection. With the increasing prevalence of cyber threats and data breaches, it is crucial for individuals and corporate houses to take proactive measures to safeguard their personal information. Cybersecurity is a way of protecting or preventing data, sensitive information, etc, from getting leaked. Hackers attack sensitive data, and this is known as a cyber attack. These cyberattacks are generally done to destroy, delete or change the sensitive data of the targeted party. Many times, cyberattacks are also done to extort money from people using malicious elements, ransomware, phishing, etc.

In the era of the Internet of Things, Cybersecurity has a very important role to play in protecting the data that is present in internet-connected devices or e-mails, or any network that is connected via the Internet.

There are various types of security or common categories like Network security, Application security, Information security, Operational security, Mobile security, Cloud security, etc. Cybersecurity is used as protection against data theft, data breaches and financial losses. Cyberattacks and cyber threats have become the most common in this era. Anything present on the Internet or any device connected through the Internet is prone to cyberattacks. That's why it is always advisable to secure one's online presence by following some basic safety tips at least.

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  • Keep strong passwords so that it cannot be easily guessed. The password must include combinations of various uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters to make your passwords strong.
  • Passwords must be regularly updated, and a unique password must be used for each and every account.
  • Different levels of authentication must be enabled so that cyberattacks can be controlled.
  • Update your applications, software, and system from time to time in order to get security updates.
  • Do not use unknown wifi connections or public wifi connections, as they can be easily hacked, and the system becomes easily prone to cyberattacks.
  • Do not download attachments from unknown sources.
  • Do not use links from unknown emails or unfamiliar websites.
  • Use antivirus software in order to safeguard the data from malware.
  • Use VPNs to safeguard your internet connection.

In the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity has become the basic need of the hour. Be it a person's social media handle, email id, or corporate houses' sensitive data, everything has to be secured. Corporate Houses hire data security professionals in order to safeguard their confidentiality or online identity.

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