Taking security for granted is an easy way to fall prey to malicious hackers online, and the same is true for data security. We can’t expect that exposing our data on the internet won’t attract attackers that are looking to capitalize on our carelessness. The recent surge in attacks and data misappropriations has brought online safety to the forefront and we only have ourselves to blame if we refuse to take the necessary precautions.
The infographic below further dissects the issue and projects some of the results of a carefree attitude towards data security, which many of us have exhibited over the years. Interestingly enough, we have not entirely learned from these mistakes, even though the risks of data insecurity continue to grow.
Online safety is not something we should leave up to chance. Especially, if we consider the amount of sensitive information that we transfer online. Also, the internet is where we do most of our financial-related activities as the world continues to embrace Internet-based services. Our personal data is the currency we use to access services online regardless of whether we pay money or not. It is relatively impossible to enjoy internet-related services without submitting personal details.
Surprisingly enough, being safe online doesn’t require us to break the bank, nor does it involve much technical knowledge. There are simple things we can do that will optimize our internet security. For example, adopting stronger passwords and combining them with other layers of security doesn’t cost a thing, and avoiding downloads from untrusted sources is 100% free as well.
The truth is that many of the measures taken for data and online safety are concepts that are not new to us. However, we have chosen to totally ignore them and hope for the best. Security generally involves individual inputs, so if we aren’t contributing to our safety, then external contributions will likely not yield positive results.
Adopting safety measures can save us immeasurable costs, so check out the infographic below for simple measures to help prevent from spending unnecessarily on the consequences of data breaches.