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It’s interesting to realize how we love the internet for the way it connects us to the world. But the cyber world, like any other, comes with its imperial vessels – chasing its own down the barrel. Businesses and brands crumble to the traps and brains of cyber crimes. Societies and communities are not too behind either.

Malware attacks increased by 358% in 2020 compared to 2019 as more businesses began switching their operations to the virtual world. People are still weary of cyber attack concepts like Ransomware, Phishing, and Cyberstalking that threaten brands and individuals.

How should we address cyber attacks?

First and foremost, back up your data. Data phishing happens when you click on a suspicious link and invite background programs to gradually feed from your system and eventually lock you out and create havoc. Backing up your data can help you recover faster with lesser chances of losing valuable information.

Be trained and train your staff. It is important that you and your employees are aware of cyber threats like phishing emails, and social engineering messages. Moreover, refrain from clicking or interacting with too-good-to-be-true sales offers through email or SMS. It would be helpful to consult experts in cyber security and learn about tools and techniques to handle a breach in security and how to identify malicious content.

Use strong passwords and 2-factor authentication. The cyber security process is designed to act like the Swiss-Cheese Model where problems are faced with multiple layers of security. For example, first, with a strong password (alphanumeric) followed by verifying a login directly from you. Nobody can enter your accounts if you are careful enough. Tell that to your colleagues and loved ones too.

Google made it mandatory for its users to implement 2-factor authentication in 2021 and it reduced 50% of compromised accounts.

The cyber-world is evergrowing and the positives easily outweigh its flaws. It is indeed time to embrace technology to strive forward into the future but we should do it with safety in mind. Let’s make sure we learn how to leave a safer world for the next generation, both real and virtual.

Have a safe day on the internet!