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Welcome to Digital Hygiene
How NOT to become a victim of cybercrime?
What is Digital Hygiene?
Digital hygiene is a set of guidelines to help people keep their digital life "healthy".
Digital hygiene (also dubbed as cyber hygiene) is a set of guidelines and best practices to help people keep their digital life “healthy”. As much as regular hygiene helps you to stay safe and healthy, digital hygiene helps to achieve the same in your digital life.
Digitalization or deployment of various digital solutions has become critical in our daily business and private lives. Our world has never been more technology centric. Especially this year as more and more brick-and-mortar businesses and solutions have moved online. And the sheer volume of transactions taking place online is staggering. This digital acceleration hasn’t been without it’s risks.
The number (and complexity) of cyber attacks is on unprecedented rise.
With the rise in new digital services and solutions there has also been a significant rise in number of individuals (so called “bad actors”) who are actively looking for ways to breach the security features set in place to protect the users. Here’s a worrisome number to keep in mind – the number of various cyber attacks has risen up to 90% in the current year alone.
Interestingly, it takes just a fraction of a second to click on an unsecure link but the potential loss derived from this action can have devastating effects for both companies and individuals. It isn’t just lack of digital competency or general ability to foresee potential threats as people are prone to make mistakes and not all threats can be foreseen.
This brings us to good digital hygiene.
While there are specific steps to take to decrease the risk of becoming a victim of cyber crime, it is more important to understand the general principles and implement them into your daily routine. Also, it’s important to understand that digital hygiene is a dynamic concept – as cyber threats develop and become more complex, so does the need for digital security policies.
Most important digital hygiene concept: your data is (very) valuable.
There’s a popular misconception among a startling number of users that their data (or their access to data) is not important. For example, someone uses just private email and limited social media, doesn’t use digital solutions for business purposes, doesn’t bank or shop online, etc. For a bad actor, every piece of information is important and can potentially be used as a stepping stone to gain access to more information.
Think of a scenario where someone wants to add you as a contact in Facebook or LinkedIn as he/she seems to work for a partner company. While you might be suspicious of this kind of request you might be tricked into accepting if you see that some of your colleagues are already connected to said person’s account. Keep in mind, even small and seemingly insignificant steps can help bad actors gain further access and move them closer to achieving their goals.
Digital Hygiene cheat sheet
12 commandments for A more secure digital life