Data security techniques evolve as computer technology evolves through the years. Unfortunately, this advancement also includes the evolution of data hacking methods. However, despite this one-way progressive development, there are actually still a few traditional methods that you can effectively use to protect yourself from these would-be cyber attackers. Protecting yourself from keylogging software and hardware for example, can be sufficiently done using some basic and fundamental cyber defense strategies.
Configure your Firewall Properly
Many people think that a firewall program has the capability to automatically protect a computer from cyber harm. Well, they do, but sometimes the default configuration isn’t always enough, especially if your operating system has to cope with using auto-configuration to protect itself.
And so, to increase your computer’s security, you need to configure your firewall, not in a totally manual way, but at least in a way that would let you have a firm grasp on what it could really block. For starters, try setting firewall permissions so that you know exactly which trusted and safe programs have the “license” to go through a firewall.
Mask Your Key Input with Password Managers
The basic concept of the keylogger is to catch whatever the user is typing on a keyboard, be it a random character string, a phrase, or an important password in an important online account. What if we tell you that you can actually circumvent this problem by not typing your password on the keyboard at all?
Password managers are useful and nifty software programs that allow you to store and manage passwords for specific accounts and databases. This way, you no longer need to manually type the password each time you access these digital areas. Because you no longer type the password, there is virtually no chance that your hacker could obtain the password using a keylogger.(Keep in mind that this is not a perfect security strategy, and a password manager is used to efficiently counter keyloggers ONLY.)
The most comprehensive way of blocking threat is by using a Virtual Private Network, it not only protects you from hackers, but you can browse safely through any public computer.
Be Diligent in Checking Regularly for Software Updates
It’s a really good thing that most of the software updates for important programs like Java and Adobe Flash are usually done automatically. However, there are a few software updates for your data sensitive programs that might require you to manually search for updates. Be sure to always provide yourself with the right time and schedule to strengthen your data-sensitive software.
Actually, even those automatic updates usually still need your authorization before they update, and once they finish the update, they would require you to reboot the computer, something that, depending on the circumstances, might or might not be tedious to do.
In any case, diligence is the key; just sprinkle in a little more paranoia for your files if you need the willpower to do this regularly.
Cycle Your Passwords Every Once in a While
Most importantly, one of the best but simplest methods to keep computer and data secure is by changing passwords every now and then. You don’t really need to change each and every character in your account passwords; just pick out a few characters and replace them with other characters. Alternatively, you can also try to switch and change the order of each character in the password without actually replacing them.
Cycling your passwords this way isn’t only convenient because it saves you time in thinking up and remembering a new password, but simply changing a few characters can already make a huge difference in the resilience of your passwords, in case the hacker decides to go for a brute force attack.