Why is Online security so important?

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The internet has indeed revolutionised communication. Over the years there have been so many innovations and milestones have been achieved through the internet. However, as more technological advances are made more has to be done to protect online users. As many of us now use online banking, pay for car insurance online, and more, online security is now a major concern for most of us using the internet. With cybercrime tactics frequently using methods such as phishing scams, identity theft, and viruses, everyone is a potential target of cybercrime.

Online banking that is safe and secure

Now that many of us use online banking rather than using cash machines or going to our banks, we need to be aware of potential threats online. Many of us now use online banking for a variety of reasons such as checking our bank balance, making transfers, and paying bills. It’s always important that you check your account regularly to ensure that there is no changes. Everytime you go on online banking, make sure that you use a secure wifi connection and always log out of your session. It is also much safer to use your mobile data for online banking than using public wifi.

  • Two-factor authentication

When logging into your online banking, a two-factor authentication process will help you to login securely to your account. As passwords may not be strong enough alone, banks usually have multiple steps for you to go through before you are logged in. A password, customer number, and even a security code sent to you via text message, may be needed before you can access your account.

  • Automatic timeout

This protocol is here to protect your bank account, especially if you have forgotten to log out of it. Most sessions will expire after a certain time when there has been a period of inactivity. This security measure helps to protect your personal details in case anyone else tried to access the account while you were away from your computer.

Accessing secure websites online

Online security is important in ensuring business operations flow smoothly. As many employees now use company work phones, tablets, and PCs, it is important that these devices have the right online security. Any breaches in online security for a business can impact company revenue, credibility, and reputation. If you run your business online it is crucial that you have a secure website that you customers can access.

  • SSL websites

The security of your data and identity while online should always be safe. Online businesses should use a Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSL) to protect online data. This protocol can help to guarantee confidentiality and keep passwords and personal information safe.

  • Secure connections

If you run your own business, it is crucial that you have a secure website for your customers to visit. Retail companies need to have a secure checkout process so that customers can input their personal information safely such as their card details and home address. Even online casino sites like Gaming Club, need to have a secure website connection and secure payment methods for users to play online slot games.

Extra security measures

To ensure that your data and personal information is safe, there are many additional precautionary measures that can help add further security. Being more aware online is just one step that can help protect you online. Remember to never click on random links that you receive via email or text if you are unsure on them. And never give out your personal information online. As passwords can  be easily guessed, it’s also wise not to use the same password for multiple sites or using names of birthdays for passwords. Passwords should always be strong and include letters, numbers, and characters to help strengthen them.

  • Face ID

Apple phones now have Face ID that enables users to unlock their phones by simply glancing at it. Facial recognition software can be a beneficial security measure that can help protect your phone and help you access online banking securely.

  • Fingerprint scanning

Another advancement in mobile technology is fingerprint scanning. Many phones can now be locked with fingerprint scans and a passcode. This is an optional security measure that you can use for your mobile to ensure that no one else can access your phone or any personal information that might be on the device.

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