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Cybercrimes, a growing concern in this digital era

The responsible use of #digital #technologies to learn new things and improve on existing ones, to work, to participate in society and keep a strong family bond requires that you have a level of information and #data literacy, communication and collaboration, media literacy and know how to create digital content (knowing what to write and at what time). In as much as using digital technologies enable you to stay connected to the world, your safety on the internet space should never be compromised for nothing. Protecting your internet-connected systems such as sensitive information, networks, programs, hard and software systems and data from digital attacks (#cybersecurity) is the way to stay safe on the internet space.

#Cybercrimes are on the surge but as the saying goes, “there is no problem without a solution”. In as much as hackers will always want to leverage on your ignorance and steal or propagate your information falsely, staying protected on the digital space is still your sole choice. There are systems put in by big companies like @Facebook, @Google, @Amazon amongst many to ensure your safety while online. But how can you protect yourself while on the digital space?

1. Make use of the Two-Factor Authentication code to secure your most of your social media handles from hackings. Most of the social medial platforms and CRM for companies proposes you the option of a two-factor authentication code.

2. Use strong passwords that are difficult to guess or crack. Most sites require you to enter a password with a mixture of letters, figures and special characters that can be very different to speculate by hackers.

3. Implement network security measures such as firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection systems on your phones, laptops and your personal handles. For example, Google will always notify you of a new login using another browser into your email and require you to confirm if you are truly the one. This is a means to detect fraudsters and limit their activities.

4. Regularly backup your data to prevent data loss in the event of a ransomware attack.

5. Monitor our network activities to detect and respond to potential threats. Most of the times sites like Facebook collects your data and can tell the common kinds of activities you engage in. when a new or suspicious activity is carried out in your account, Facebook will always want you to confirm that you are the one performing that activity.

6. Limit the sharing of your private information like ID card number, passport documents, personal details on the internet space as hackers can lay hands on such information and use it against you or in your name and commit crimes. Do not enter your personal details on sites that seem suspicious.

7. Mind the kinds of pictures you share on the internet space like pictures in a swim suit, half naked pictures and other pictures that can cause or arouse emotions. Hackers can lay hands on such pictures and use them places you won’t like putting it on a dating site or using it to lure men/women to get money.

8. Do not click on links you don’t know or that appear fishy. Always double check before you engage.

These amongst many are the things you can do to stay safe on the internet space. Keep a keen eye on your privacy henceforth.

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