In today’s digital era, the security of digital device is certainly something that we must pay attention to. There are so many digital device that we usually use to support our daily activities. There are so many threats that will come if you are careless in maintaining the security of digital device, ranging from viruses, malware, annoying advertisements, even the most severe is Ransomware which will encrypt all files. If that happens, all important files on the laptop or PC will not be able to be opened. In fact, the virus will infect all computers connected to the same network as you. Here are ways to increase the security of your digital devices:
1. Routinely Update Software
Dangerous viruses & malware are closely related to software that is out of date, because software that is not updated regularly will have lots of loopholes, so hackers can quickly enter viruses or malware. Of course, application developers will always make bug fixes that are usually used by hackers to hack the operating system or application you are using. You can also enable automatic system updates to keep your device updated regularly.
2. Use Anti-Virus & Firewall Protection
The use of an antivirus can be a powerful solution to fight malicious virus & malware attacks. There are many types of antivirus that can be used, but generally for the latest operating systems they are available by default. However, for certain types of viruses, additional antivirus is needed to maximize the security of your device. However, it is also necessary to consider the use of an antivirus that does not burden the system. Some types of antivirus that take up a lot of resources so that the performance of your device is not optimal. In addition, using a firewall can protect your device from malicious attacks. Firewall helps filter out viruses, and other suspicious activity.
3. Use a Strong Password Combination
Always use strong password combinations for software that requires login access. Especially for your main email login, because email is the main gateway for your digital device’s access to the Internet. Usually people will often use the same password for several accounts at once. To create strong password combinations, Use a complex and complex mix of uppercase letters, symbols, and numbers. Choose words that are not easy for others to guess, but that you can easily remember.
4. Use Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication
Two-Factor Authentication is becoming a very effective solution for now. The way it works is quite simple, namely by adding an extra layer of security when you log into your account for online identification. The additional security is in the form of a code that will be sent to the registered mobile number or to the device that has logged in first. You can only login when you get that code. Apart from being a code, there are also several methods such as fingerprints, and face recognition. The majority of internet service providers are currently equipped with this feature.
5. Avoid Using Public WIFI
Free WIFI spread in public places really saves your quota usage. But you should avoid this because we don’t know whether this WIFI is safe or not. Especially for things that are very private, such as banking transactions, logging in to social media accounts and logging in to email accounts. If you have to use public WIFI, don’t forget to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). By using VPN software, the traffic between your device and the VPN server can be encrypted.
6. Don’t Download Random Software
The mistake many people make when owning a digital device for the first time is downloading software from unknown sources. This is of course dangerous because viruses & malware will usually be included in the software. From the many ads on your device and spread quickly resulting in the performance of your device becomes unstable. If this is the case, you can install additional antivirus. If it’s already severe, inevitably you have to re-install the operating system with the consequence that some of your data will be lost.