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Cybersecurity Risk



In today’s world technology has advanced in leaps and bounds so have the number of ways to misuse it. Nowadays, cyber-attacks have become quite common.

So what is a cyber attack?

“A cyberattack is any type of offensive maneuver that targets computer information systems, infrastructures, computer networks, or personal computer devices”.


The number of cyber attack cases is increasing rapidly. Why has the number of cyber-attacks increased so rapidly? Well, you could provide a number of explanations to that but one has to accept that common man is still not familiar with cyber attacks. They are not aware of the number of ways in which their data could be stolen, they still haven’t woken up.


Few ways to protect personal data are as follows:

  1. BE WARY OF WI-FI
    Wi-Fi offers cybercriminals a potential pathway into your mobile device. To stay safe, avoid connecting your device to public or unsecured (not requiring a password) Wi-Fi. If you must use public Wi-Fi, take an extra moment to scrutinize the available networks and connect to a legitimate one.
  2. LOG OUT OF YOUR ACCOUNTS
    Staying logged in to social media apps on your device is convenient – you can see your friends’ latest photos and posts in an instant. But if someone gets access to your device, even for a minute, he or she can see the information displayed in any open apps and even impersonate you. To keep your device safe, always log out of apps when you’re done using them.
  3. Use data encryption on laptops and notebook computers. Using data encryption is the best way to secure your device from unauthorized access.


Well, there are many ways in which your personal data can be hacked. The least we can do is to try and prevent it by securing your data. For this, we have to enhance the horizons of our knowledge. We have to learn more about cyber attacks and have to be aware of this issue. Maybe we cannot stop it. But if we do our bit in protecting our data then we could definitely reduce cyberattacks to some extent.

 

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Arjun Thomas

Grade 12, Excelsior English School, Kottayam, Kerala

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