Some tips to help ensure your digital security

A few weeks ago, computer hackers hacked 3.5 billion email addresses! And to limit the possible harm, it was better to be reactive and change your passwords! The ubiquity of teleworking, video conferencing, and sharing documents via email mean that our digital security needs to be strengthened.

Today we do almost everything online: purchases, administrative procedures, professional communication … And it becomes a paradise for hackers who can quickly restore your personal data, but also your bank details! How can you protect yourself with simple means? We explain everything to you!

Data security

Regardless of which account is created, you will be asked for a username and password! The temptation to use the same password for all of your accounts is great! Error ! If the hacker finds the password only once, they will have access to all of your accounts!

To avoid this type of inconvenience, you need to:

Change the password regularly on “risky” accounts, e.g. B. to accounts on which your bank card is registered. Use “Password Generators”, Google Chrome will offer this service and record it for you! Create passwords like lowercase letters, uppercase letters, special characters and numbers.

Secure equipment

We often hear that virus protection programs and firewalls are slowing down your system! Maybe ! But turning them off is a very bad idea!

On the contrary, you should never refuse an update of your hardware and even less of your antivirus program. It is these updates that keep you safe from new hacks that are frequently updated by hackers!

Smartphones, tablets, computers … update regularly and do not download illegal content. Virus nests par excellence! Enable antivirus and firewall and update them every time you receive a notification. Use a WEP or WPA2 key for your WiFi connection. You can change the connection mode by connecting to 192.168.1.1. Don’t connect to unsecured Wi-Fi spots A password in your user profile, a diagram, or a PIN code on your phone can be very helpful.

A final secure solution is the VPN or Virtual Private Network. It’s a kind of secure tunnel between your data and your connection. The Virtual Private Network protects your private traffic from espionage or censorship. Specifically, your IP address is masked by the VPN … Your data is then encrypted and nobody can access your personal data. A list of servers in France can be found here.

Secure your online purchases

Not all websites are necessarily reliable, but there are some simple tips you can use to spot them and keep your online purchases safe.

Always check whether the beginning of the address is “https”! If the site starts with “http” it simply means that it is absolutely not recommended to leave your banking information there. Never give out your personal information such as passwords or bank details. No reliable website will ask you for it. Check your online bank accounts regularly to make sure that no direct debit has been made without your knowledge, without it becoming an obsession.

What about your messages?

Many phishing attempts can occur through your email. Specifically, it should be noted that no administrative site such as taxes, social security, gas or electricity distributors asks you for your contact details by e-mail.

Never open an email that seems questionable to you and don’t click on the attachments! Look for gross errors that usually couldn’t be an administration’s fault.

Remember that the French administration, your insurance company, your mutual or your bank will contact you by post (or even by registered mail) in the event of a major problem. For tax refunds, family allowances, or mutual insurance, these organizations can collect your dues and also repay overpaid money without asking you to confirm anything!

Pay attention to social networks!

Many of your “Facebook” friends’ accounts are hacked every day, and you may receive a message from this famous friend who seems to be in need. Don’t respond to requests to dial a premium tariff number … If your friend wants to contact you, they probably need to be able to do the same on other social networks too! And if you are still a victim of this type of fraud, report it on the government website: Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr

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