Think of internet security like personal protective equipment (PPE) and CDC guidelines.
VPN, short for Virtual Private Network should really be short for “Virus Protected Network.”
While masks, gloves, and precautionary hygiene help to stop the spread of this horrible disease, VPN, encryption services, internet privacy & security best practices protect us from malicious online activities. Unfortunately, while the recent implementation of CDC guidelines required the use of PPE has proven to slow down the coronavirus spread. Still, spikes in deaths have sparked controversy and questions like, “Did we act soon enough?” or “Should mandatory utilization of PPE been implemented much earlier?” For many of us, the reason this virus has taken so many lives and ultimately brought our economy to its knees is clear – we did not act sooner to implement the proper precautions and PPE!
While the circumstances are entirely different, our online personas take on lives of their own. They can be easily compromised at any time – not unlike a virus in a human being. Just think, if the world’s nations had implemented proper precautions and mandatory utilization of PPE at the onset of 2020, we would more than likely be in a much better state of health as a human race. While hindsight is 20/20, with regards to our late, reactionary efforts to prevent the spread of this terrible virus, we still can be proactive in protecting our online personas.
Our digital and online personas are just as fragile as the human body. Without proper security and precautions, your online persona is more susceptible to viruses and breaches, which can ultimately compromise your livelihood. Many of us use the internet to do our online banking, communicate across the globe, make purchases, and store sensitive information, Unwarranted access to this information, with malicious intent, can lead to severe issues like identity theft and fraud. It only takes one breach to compromise your digital persona and unravel your online experience ultimately. Still, like the utilization of PPE in these troubling times, the risks associated with viruses and breaches can be minimized significantly by taking advantage of these security best practices:
- Invest in a VPN service provider.
- A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network. Therefore, applications running on a system with a VPN solution in place may benefit from the functionality, security, and management of a private network. Many answers are rather inexpensive and worth the cost.
- Use strong, unique, complex passwords for every website.
- A password manager or vault can be extraordinarily beneficial, as it adds layers of security to protect those robust passwords. These are some of the best.
- Be extremely cautious with app downloads.
- Before you install an app, review the permissions that the organization is requesting. For example, does it make sense that a video game app is requesting access to your photos? Probably not.
- Keep all of your applications up to date.
- Typically, dates for applications have the latest patches and solutions for security issues and compromised information.
With the implementation of shelter-in-place and state restrictions, people across the globe are telecommuting and working from home, now more than ever. This radical shift to remote working has led to an increase in successful cyber attacks and breaches. Check out this 2020 Q1 Data Breach Report from RiskBased Security.
We mustn’t make the same mistake and be more proactive about protecting our digital livelihood before it is too late. That’s why we at Presence have made it our mission to provide users with resources and tools to help protect you from the dangerous pitfalls of today’s internet landscape. Take advantage of this online PPE, and don’t let your digital persona succumb to viruses and online threats.
Read more about online privacy: 10 Tips to Protect Your Online Privacy and continue your journey to a more secure online experience.
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