Securing Your Cyberspace

Isha Sharma

Isha Sharma

Staff Writer

Recent changes in the workforce have led to cybersecurity concerns. People are working from home and are in need of better skills to identify digital attacks. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting critical systems, sensitive information, devices, and data from unlawful access and digital attacks. It guarantees integrity, confidentiality, and the availability of information. Cybersecurity is necessary in every industry such as communication, transportation, data analytics, law, and healthcare, as they rely on computers systems and the Internet. A lot of your personal information is saved either on the computer, smartphone, tablet, or possibly on someone else’s system. By stealing compromised personal identification, an attacker can attain victim identity information. That information can be used to create new email accounts and hack existing ones to create social engineering attacks. 

There are other ways security can be compromised as well. For instance, phishing emails containing malware and malicious attachments can harm computer systems. Malware can be used to manipulate common weaknesses and exposure points by exploiting software vulnerabilities in different applications. Having the knowledge of how to protect the information that you have stored is of high importance not just for an individual but for an organization and those in it. 

Some of the ways to protect your cyberspace can be through antivirus software, having stronger passwords, using a firewall, and watching for phishing. Antivirus software is an important protective measure useful against malicious digital threats. It can automatically distinguish, seclude, and eliminate types of malwares. Cyber criminals have been known to take advantage of common problems and susceptibilities. Making sure that the software systems are always automatically updated for the operating system will prevent attacks. 

Next, using a firewall can block some attacks by restraining harmful traffic before it can enter a computer. A firewall serves as a filter for the incoming and outgoing network traffic. Additionally, using different passwords for different programs and devices will lead to a better protective computer system. It is also best to use long passwords and generate complex passwords for each of your accounts. You also should enable multifactor authentication and make sure that the only person who has access to your account is you.  Finally, it is really important to watch out for any unexpected emails and always check email address sources to guarantee the email will not lead to a cyber attack. Ultimately, gaining information about ways to protect your cyberspace will lead you to protect yourself and your business from various malicious digital attacks. 

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