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Poor Cybersecurity Practices Putting You at Risk

Poor Cybersecurity Practices Putting You at Risk

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The world is becoming more digital by the day. While it deserves celebration, new technology also comes with more avenues for fraudsters to commit cybercrime. SIM swap scams, SMS phishing, and one-ring and cut call scams regularly victimize hundreds of unsuspecting Filipinos, making digital crime a pressing issue today.

While the national government has enacted preventive measures, such as the SIM Card Registration Law, people are still primarily responsible for maintaining their devices' security. Let's discuss what's cybersecurity and some poor cybersecurity habits you need to stop doing now.

Why is Cybersecurity Important?

Cybersecurity keeps sensitive information secure, like your name, address, phone number, bank account details, and other data that scammers could use for criminal activity.

Unfortunately, digital threats are a growing concern in the Philippines. Statista reports 1.8 million phishing cases during the first half of 2022, primarily targeting payment systems, e-commerce merchants, and banks. Sound cybersecurity practices protect users from such crimes and minimize the risk of data breaches and theft.

The Consequences of Poor Cybersecurity

Poor cybersecurity lets criminals waltz into your devices and accounts to steal and corrupt files. As a result, you could lose money, sensitive data, work documents, and other critical information.

You could also sustain significant reputational and financial damage if you fall victim to identity theft, especially when scammers get ahold of your SIM card or social media accounts. Fraudsters might contact your friends and family to "borrow" money they can’t get back. Protecting your digital identity and data is essential to a worry-free stay online and offline.

Poor Cybersecurity Practices You Should Phase Out

You may think yourself safe from cybercrime, but everyone is vulnerable to scams and fraud. Let's discuss some poor cybersecurity practices that can place you at risk.

Changing Passwords Frequently

According to Microsoft, regularly replacing passwords undermines cybersecurity just as much as maintaining old ones because you may only make minor and predictable changes to the previous password or forget the new, updated one. Instead, try to maintain a single, secure password for each account that uses a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Clicking on Links from Unknown Senders

Many Filipinos have lost millions of dollars from malicious links that manipulated them to give up personal information. This trend resulted from scammers anonymously sending phishing messages, which many have fallen for. Keep money and data safe by ignoring and reporting these messages and avoiding links from unknown senders at all costs.

Not Using Multi-Factor Authentication for Transactions

According to a 2022 Verizon study, 80% of web cyberattacks result from stolen passwords. There's no assurance that any password is safe from brute force attacks, so consider implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) for additional layers of protection for financial apps and accounts. MFA may include one-time PINs, biometrics, or a security key that makes it harder for criminals to break into accounts.

Misplacing Devices

A misplaced mobile phone or laptop can get stolen by criminals, giving them access to your data, especially if you have poor safeguards in place. Avoid leaving devices unattended on tables and chairs, especially in public spaces. On top of that, enable your phone's location and tracking to locate or reformat it if it's stolen.

Failing to Integrate Robust Antivirus across All Devices

Viruses cause mayhem by damaging programs, deleting files, or bricking your devices. While many antivirus software are available for download, not all are created equal—some are more effective than others. Determine which brand fits the bill to avoid installing an inadequate app that may do more harm than good.

Neglecting Device Updates

Smartphones and laptops regularly receive system updates from manufacturers, including security patches, to address newfound flaws in your system. Failing to update them immediately as they arrive exposes your device to the newest viruses and malware, so regularly check for updates to ensure your device always has the latest protection.

Using Unsecured Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is an excellent solution when a physical drive isn't enough to contain your files. However, be vigilant of where you store data, as some servers may not be adequately secured against data breaches. In this case, it's good to trust the big names renowned for their security protocols, like Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, and OneDrive.

Protect Your Information with Globe Cybersecurity

Unfortunately, technological advancements come with a price: fraudsters constantly try to steal from unknowing users. While public and private institutions regularly develop ways to reduce cybercrime, you must also do your part and protect your devices with competent security practices to enjoy a worry-free digital experience.

Learn more about proper cybersecurity practices, so you can achieve a safer, more protected digital space. Check out Globe’s cybersecurity initiatives and solutions against cyber threats and unauthorized data access.

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