Earlier this year, the news shared a story of how a soldier for the IDF hacked an Israeli secret database to prove that their computer systems in place were not fully secured. He was placed in a technological unit of an elite division, and during his service, he discovered that the IDF computer system was exposed to hacks from outside. Despite being ignored by his superiors when he warned them of this system flaw, he remained persistent. He then began to hack into the military computer system and obtained the personal details of the heads of the IDF’s cyber network and contact them with his findings, warning them of their network’s security flaws. This was not an isolated incident. Just a few weeks ago, it had been revealed by Israel’s Securities Authority that the personal details of hundreds of thousands of army recruits were taken from IDF servers and then sold to outside parties. Despite being one of the world leaders in technology and cybersecurity, Israel still has vulnerabilities like everyone else.
How Can Companies and Individuals Protect Themselves From Cyber Crime?
1) Use complex login passwords, and change them periodically
When logging onto personal and business email accounts or networks, it is essential that you use complex passwords that are not easy to guess. An example of a secure password would include using your name, birthday, or a straightforward phrase. You should also refrain from using the same password for multiple accounts because if one account gets compromised, you can potentially expose your other accounts to harm, There are password generators you can use that will automatically develop a very, very complex password that is virtually impossible to crack. You should also refrain from memorizing your passwords. If you have to memorize your password, chances are you will keep it short and simple to ensure you remember it. Instead, you should be using password managers that safely, and securely store all of your various logins. Lastly, you should change all of your passwords periodically, for example, every month, or every three months. This way, if your accounts do get comprised, and you’re unaware of it, when you revise your passwords, you will lock out the hackers.
2) Use an anti-virus program and email security programs
This is very well known cybersecurity advice, but most people do not follow it, which is why we are repeating it here in this article. By installing an effective and up to date anti-virus program on your personal and business computing devices you are taking one of the best preventative actions for protecting your online presence. Many people know about the value of an anti-virus program, but they usually never heard of email security services. These email services specialize in protecting your email from phishing, spam, and malware attacks. By using both anti-virus and email security programs you are taking the necessary steps in protecting your online presence.
In conclusion, regardless of where you live in the world, cyber-security is a critical issue facing both individuals and businesses. Therefore, it is imperative that you ensure you use complex passwords, anti-virus programs, and email security programs to protect your presence online.