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How to Stay Safe Online: Your Personal Cyber Security Guide

Best practices for staying protected on the internet


We’ve compiled a list of little things you can do to improve your chances of staying safe online:

  1. Regularly check if your email has been leaked
  2. Keep separate email accounts
  3. Use two-factor authentication (2FA)
  4. Set a password for all your hardware devices
  5. Don’t leave your devices unlocked
  6. Use temporary credit cards when possible
  7. Use a VPN
  8. Don’t download random apps
  9. Beware of phishing scams
  10. Limit browser extensions use
  11. Install software updates on time
  12. Avoid unsecured Wi-Fi networks
  13. Be careful about the information you put online
  14. Backup your data

1. Take good care of your passwords

Choose long and secure passwords

We all know how important it is to choose secure passwords — yet way too many people still put their kids’ names, birthdays, 123456 or other easy to guess passwords for their online accounts. We get it — you have enough on your mind, and coming up with a complex passphrase takes mental effort but you can do better than “password” for a password.

Don’t reuse passwords

Using the same password for multiple online accounts is another thing people are tempted to do. You already thought of one super long and complex password for your email, so it makes sense to re-use it for other accounts, right? Wrong!

Change passwords regularly

Changing your passwords is a hassle but so is washing your clothes for example. Yet you wear a fresh pair of socks every day; so why shouldn’t you practice good online hygiene too?

Use a vetted password manager

Remembering all of your passwords is hard. Hell, remembering what you had for breakfast is hard, let alone remembering a larger number of random character sequences.

2. Regularly check if your email has been leaked

Make it a habit to check if your email address has been leaked. Sites like Have I been pwned (free), mypwd (free) and Dehashed (paid) can show you if your details have been exposed in hacks/data leaks.

3. Keep separate email accounts

This is not a piece of advice that you’ll see often, however we find it to be a best practice when it comes to cybersecurity.

  • Have another account for accounts that you use often but don’t contain sensitive data like credit cards etc. These could be your social media accounts for example.
  • A separate email account for your online shopping.
  • An email account that you use to email people and exchange messages.

4. Use two-factor authentication (2FA)

The year is 2022. Two-factor authentication is an absolute must for every account where you can enable it and even your grandma uses it.

5. Set a password for all your hardware devices

Make sure that all of your devices — computers, phones, tablets — are password-protected, even if they’re only for personal use. Having a password means that if your device gets lost or stolen, your data is protected and cannot be accessed by unauthorized people.

6. Don’t leave your devices unlocked

If you’re leaving your devices unattended, make sure that they’re locked — even if you’re only letting them out of your sight for a very short while.

7. Use temporary credit cards when possible

If you’re online shopping, use a temporary credit or debit card whenever possible. This is especially important if you’re buying something from a site that you’re not familiar with and you haven’t researched well.

8. Use a VPN

Using a VPN service means that you’ll make it harder for hackers, internet service providers and other companies to snoop on your online activities. And even if you’re ok with your ISP tracking all the weird stuff you do on the internet, still use a VPN.

9. Don’t download random apps

If you see an ad that promises to make your phone twice as fast, it’s a bad idea to click on it and install an app. It will not make your phone faster. What it will do is inject malware into your phone or at the very best — show you a million ads per hour (honestly, we don’t know which is worse).

10. Beware of phishing scams

Phishing is the most common type of cyber crime. Hackers are able to mimic a legitimate website or an official email to the point of it being unrecognizable from the original one. To protect yourself from phishing, always double check the URL before logging in, providing personal data or entering payment information.

11. Limit browser extensions use

Browser extensions are notoriously easy to spoof and hack, so use as few of these as possible. Just as with apps, it is important to make sure you check who is the browser add-on developer, what permissions does the extension have, and whether you are in fact downloading the original extension and not a phishing/malware version that looks identical to the real thing.

12. Install software updates on time

Pay attention to all software updates that are available for your devices — laptop, phone, tablet, etc. We know you have more important stuff to do but these often contain security vulnerability patches that protect you from known security exploits. Just muster the courage to click on that “Install updates” button, we know you can do it!

13. Avoid unsecured Wi-Fi networks

Don’t connect to random Wi-Fi networks unless you absolutely have to. Doing so opens your device to anyone else on that same network, and you don’t know who else is there and how well-intentioned or malicious they are.

14. Be careful about the information you put online

Frankly, the only person who’s genuinely interested in when and where you’re going on vacation, where you shop online, or what your Christmas tree looks like this year is your ex. And hackers who can potentially benefit from that information.

15. Backup your data

Regular backups of your important files and documents ensure that you won’t lose anything in the case of a ransomware attack. Ideally you should be maintaining multiple up-to date backups of your data — and it’s good if at least one of them is on a cold-storage device like an external hard drive for example.

Why should you care about your online safety

The estimated cost of cyber crime is 8.44 trillion US dollars globally for 2022 alone — expected to get to 23.84 trillion in 2027. If that alone is not a reason for you to care, we don’t know what is.



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