We have all been hearing about the DDOS attack that took the internet world by storm. Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Shopify, Box, Boston Globe, New York Times, Github, Airbnb and Redditare some of the companies that were affected. What is even more alarming is that the hackers used devices and computers that we use on a daily basis to enable the attack at such a large scale. Webcams and security cams were hacked into, and used without permission.
As internet users, it becomes our responsibility to use the internet safely, and prevent such attacks. Here are a few small steps that you can take to use the internet safely
- DO NOT download files from unknown sources that you don't trust
- Scan all .exe and .dmg files before opening them
- Install a good antivirus on your computer, and schedule weekly scans. There are several free antivirus software available
- Install an ad-blocker add-on on your browser
- Read all popups before clicking on Yes or No
- Use strong passwords. A handy tip - think of your favourite song and use the first letters of the first sentence of that song
- Check for https (the web address will be https:// and not http://) on sites where you give sensitive information like credit cards and bank details.
- Enable automatic updates for your OS, to fix vulnerabilities
- Take regular backups, so that you do not lose data if you do get infected