Cyber-attacks and online security issues have only increased with the expansion of the internet and its availability throughout the world. There are hundreds of thousands of people, creating viruses, malware and so on. Now cybersecurity has become as important as the lock on your apartment's door, or even more since it is challenging to track criminals who conduct such online activities.
Here we have 7 foolproof tips and tools to protect you online:

1.Anti-virus

A computer virus performs malicious activities on your computer such as deleting your files, accessing your data and affecting system performance. Installation of anti-virus is one of the most necessary security measures you need to do when trying to secure your system. There are many antivirus companies, which offer free and paid versions, both packed with other security tools. Always keep the antivirus updated to the latest version since viruses are being created every single second.

2.VPN

A VPN (virtual private network) is crucial if you are involved in sensitive activities such as banking transactions or accessing blocked content. The use of a VPN masks your IP address. Many companies are offering VPN services, however, looking at the features and cost is significant when deciding the best VPN for you. The use of a VPN service fools the system to believe that the user is connecting from a different geographical region. It also helps to unblock and access blocked sites, hide your online identity and ensure complete online freedom from surveillance and cybercrime.

3.Installing a firewall

A firewall is a set of defined rules for whether to allow or block particular traffic by monitoring incoming and outgoing traffic. Many types of firewalls operate differently and offer detailed security options, most probably your computer already has one installed in it. You can change the extent to which you want it to be sensitive.

4.Install an Anti-spyware software

Spywares are becoming increasingly powerful, from leaking out celebrity photos too, accessing your computer remotely, they are designed in a matter which makes them difficult to remove. It further records every letter that you type, installing an anti-spyware is therefore highly recommended because they are very hard to detect and remove. They also generate

5.Using complex passwords

Most people use passwords that are so predictable that even a 5-year-old could guess and break it. Mostly it’s a person’s birthdate, mother’s name or so. Your password should at the very least have eight characters with a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

6.Update system software time to time

As viruses, spam ware, ransomware is being created all the time and all over the world, keeping all your applications, and your system updates to auto are very much advised. This helps as the new updates prevent security leaks and make your system more powerful against dealing with threats. Updating your anti-virus is one of the most important tasks as while more and more complex viruses are being made antivirus companies are striving hard and are always on the go to create solutions to fight these viruses

7. Avoid Suspicious Emails

Ransomware attack is the worst that could happen to you. Criminals lock your computer from a remote location and display a pop-up window to the owner informing that the computer will be unlocked only when the ransom will be paid.

Furthermore, to stop you from getting help it might display some embarrassing photo or private information on your screen. To avoid ransomware, do not reply or open suspicious emails, visit only reputable websites, keep all apps updated and make sure you have an effective antivirus, antispyware and firewall settings.

Conclusion

In this age, where we are knowingly or unknowingly connected to the internet, no longer is the case that you had to worry only about your PC. As the types of devices have grown, vulnerability to cyber-attacks has also increased drastically.

Author's Bio: 

Farzal Khan is a marketer by profession, who has the passion for writing on the latest in technological trends on online privacy/security, copyright infringement, entertainment, and cyber laws. He loves to binge Netflix to the extent of watching two seasons in a night. He is also a full-time foodie, and when he starts gaining weight, he hits the gym to keep up with his fitness.