Protecting Yourself During Online Study
Cybersecurity attacks are rampant, and Bangladesh is not immune to online crime. In February, the AL-led government sought to reclaim US$81m from North Korean hackers, indicating the massive scale of cybercrime not just across the world, but in Bangladesh. Hackers focus on targets of all sizes, including students, with any successful crime being well worth the investment of time and money. Creating successful protection for yourself requires an in-depth look at what risks are there and the best methods with which to counter them.
Protecting your information
The most common form of cyber attack is related to fraud. According to Dhaka Tribune, the majority of the 3,659 cyber crimes reported over the past six years recommended blanket regulation to help stamp it out. While the legislation will undoubtedly help, the efforts of plagiarisers in tandem with the capabilities that digital technology offers them means that the problem of plagiarism is ever more pronounced. As a result, taking steps to protect yourself is key.
A secure network is a significant first step, as it will ensure that your information is not delivered over any unsecured network. Another important step is to use encryption; individual messaging and storage apps will encrypt by default, meaning only someone with your credentials will be able to access and use your work. Several mainstream smartphone apps, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, use encryption as their main selling point; try them out, but be careful as to their legality – some countries ban these apps.
Keep up to date
A very poorly reported but very important part of cybersecurity is software updates. Background processes do a lot of hard work for your devices, protecting them against threats you weren’t aware of, and they conduct regular updates to ensure that new exploits are defeated before they can make an impact. When your device offers an update, don’t put it off. This will ensure that the hard work you do in actively countering threats isn’t undermined by poor hardware security.
In addition to keeping your hardware up to scratch, keep your own data in line, too. Make sure the software that you use to deal with information is up to date, and keep copies of everything important to make sure that if it is compromised, you have a different option. Backups are one of the most important actions you can take to secure your data, and due to the low cost of portable storage and cloud space, you can find solutions for a good price.
Cybersecurity affects everyone. Hacking losses felt by the government are a symptom of a more significant trend, where criminals and unscrupulous peers are looking to get ahead through illicit means. Protect yourself, and your own success, by taking simple measures – you’ll thank yourself down the road.