Good IT Security resolutions for the new year
G DATA is inviting Internet users to review the security status of mobile devices and PCs at the beginning of the new year
We are only a few days into the New Year and yet cybercriminals have already circulated thousands of new malware programs to steal personal information or to blackmail people using ransomware. G DATA advises Internet users to check their own IT security now and, if necessary, to improve it. In doing so, users should rely on an up-to-date security solution for the mobile device and the PC, install all available software updates and create data backups. This will make life difficult for the cybercriminals. G DATA summarises the most important IT security tips for a secure 2018.
Ransomware and banking Trojans are just two types of malware that cybercriminals will continue using to attack Internet users in 2018. Users should therefore not only focus on making the same-old resolutions, such as getting more exercise or adopting a healthier diet, but start thinking about looking after their own IT security.
"The good resolutions of Internet users for 2018 should include checking the security status of their computer and, if necessary, improve it. Users should not forget their mobile devices either, otherwise cybercriminals will find it very easy to steal contacts, photos or other personal information,” explains Tim Berghoff, G DATA Security Evangelist.
- Install a security solution: Powerful security software should be standard on every PC and mobile device. This should effectively protect against malware and other online threats and should be regularly updated through updates. If the licence has expired, it should be extended or renewed immediately.
- Install all updates: For the operating system, and all installed applications on the PC and mobile device, the available updates should be installed. Outdated programs that are no longer updated by vendors should be deleted and eventually replaced with new software.
- Delete online user accounts that are no longer required: Whether payment service providers, social networks, online shops or e-mail providers, Internet users have numerous user accounts in the network. In order to minimise the possibility of theft of your own data, it is worthwhile having a clearout from time to time and deleting accesses that are no longer required.
- Change passwords: Users should periodically change passwords for online user accounts held with stores or social networks and use a unique password for each portal. A strong password consists of a random sequence of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers. When managing passwords, a Password-Manager can come in useful.
- Back up important data: A backup will ensure you have a copy of all your data, such as family photos or videos. A system image can also be used to back up the hard disk with all installed programs. Powerful security solutions, such as G DATA Internet Security or Total Security, include a backup module, eliminating the need to purchase additional software.
- Apps only from secure sources: Apps should only be downloaded from trusted sources, such as Google Play on Android, Apple's App Store, or from providers and device manufacturers. In particular, the authorisations requested by the applications should be examined critically.