On February 5th, tech companies, educators and others mark the day of a safer internet. and encourage people to improve their online safety. A large number of scholars and academic researchers across the United States studying different aspects of cyber security and identifies ways people can help keep themselves safe online. Here are some highlights from their work.
1. Passwords are weak.
With all the advice for creating long, complex, and unique passwords – and not reusing them from site to site. Remembering passwords has become a problem. But there is help, writes Megan Squire, a computer scientist at Elon University:
“The average internet user has 19 different passwords… software can help! A password manager’s job is to take care of generating and remembering unique, strong passwords for each website and application.”
That’s a good start.
2. Use real keys
Want to add another layer of protection? Let your most important accounts be locked with real keys. Written by Penn State-Altoona Information Science and Technology Professor Jungwoo Ryoo:
“New safer methods are gaining popularity. And it’s like an old metal key. It is a small portable computer chip that makes it easy to carry. The chip itself has a way to verify itself.”
Don’t leave your keys on the table at home.
3. Protect your data in the cloud
Many people store their documents, photos, and even sensitive personal data in cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud. as it stores the encryption key of the data Computer scientist Haibin Zhang of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County explains:
“As with any key, if someone else could have it stolen or misused without the knowledge of the data owner. and some services may have security flaws that put user data at risk.”
So check with your carrier. and consider where to store the most important information.
4. Don’t forget about the rest of the world.
Sadly, in the digital age, nowhere is truly safe. Jeremy Straub from North Dakota State University explains how physical objects can be used to hijack your smartphone:
“An attacker might find it very interesting to embed malicious software in the physical world. Just wait for an unsuspecting person to scan it with a smartphone or more specialized device. Dangerous software hidden in the shadows will become A ‘sleep agent’ that can avoid detection until the target is reached.”
It is a reminder that safer use of the Internet is not a one-day endeavor.