A recent report revealed that 1 in 3 of the general public doesn’t trust contactless payments. This should tell you everything you need to know about the relationship consumers have with tech. They are weary of it for quite a while before they ever consider trusting it. Although it should also point to another little detail and that’s just how high paranoid people are these days when it comes to using technology. Particularly, with relation to buying items and anything of value online. But it’s not completely unfounded. Indeed, there is evidence to suggest that the challenge of keeping details protected online is becoming intense.
This year internet viruses were revealed that could clone a complete computer hard drive. Once you can do that, it doesn’t matter how many passwords or encryptions you use. Anything stored on your computer is no longer safe. We’re seeing this first hand as the race for the white house continues. A fresh update last week revealed the FBI had found more emails on Clinton’s private server. Nothing that you store online can be assumed to be private and you have to be careful. With that in mind, we can offer you some advice on keeping your information protected online.
Know The Signs Of A Hack
It’s important that business owners and private internet users know the signs that their system has been hacked. Viruses can slip onto a hard drive undetected, but this is quite rare. In most cases, there will be a sign that something is wrong. Usually, the computer will be slower than usual, or certain files will be inaccessible. If you want to find out if there’s a virus on your systems, you need to explore the hard drive. You can do this using one of the latest anti-virus software available. Do not make the mistake of thinking anti-virus software will completely protect your computer. There’s every possibility that a virus could slip through the cracks.
Understand The Importance Of Using A Server
Similar to contactless payments, people might still be weary of using a server. However, it is interesting to note that cloud servers are now the securest way to store and send data online. If you use a cloud server, there is a good chance you can keep your information safe from threats such as hacks. It is far better to use a server compared with portable devices such as USBs. USBs can be lost, misplaced and even destroyed. With a server, even if data is corrupted it can be restored.
Don’t Leave Yourself Vulnerable
Finally, you need to make sure you are not leaving yourself vulnerable to issues such as online theft or fraud. You can do this by making sure that you use different passwords for accounts online. You need to make sure that the passwords you use can not be guessed by knowing personal information. If you remember only one thing, remember this. You can find anything you like out about someone online. That includes name, birthdays, pets names, family and any other common passwords. Don’t make things easy for criminals by using a password that is simple to guess.