How to Stay Up-to-Date on New Malware

Author: PeopleFinders on November 2nd, 2019
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Cybersecurity is an ever-changing landscape, and that can sometimes be daunting. After all, people seem to be developing both new malware and new security features every day. You might feel like there’s no way for you to truly stay up-to-date on the most useful ways to practice online safety.

It’s easier than you might think. Even if you don’t know a lot about cybersecurity, you can stay up-to-date on new malware and security threats while also protecting yourself from old ones. Just use these simple tips and tricks to make it as easy as possible:

-Follow cybersecurity expert blogs and social media channels

-Sign-up for advisory feeds

-Make sure you’re always following best practices

-Keep an eye on your information

 

Follow Security Professionals

There are people who maintain blogs and websites about online security that interpret the most pressing security information and make it easier for laypeople to understand. Even some traditional news sites have sections dedicated specifically to technological security rather than physical security. These sites can be immensely helpful, especially if you don’t know a lot about cybersecurity.

The best thing you can do with these sites is to subscribe to one that fits your personal expertise. If you’re a complete newcomer to the concept of malware, there are professionals who specialize in breaking down concepts and making them accessible. If you know a little more, you might want to find someone who goes a little more in-depth.

Utilize Vulnerability and Advisory Feeds

Rather than educating you on malware and cybersecurity, these feeds instead alert you if a company or organization has recently experienced a major breach in security. That way, you know if you may have lost information and if so, what information it might have been. Some of these feeds also post potential steps you should take after the breach.

Remember that just because a breach exists, that doesn’t mean your personal information leaked. Even if a major retailer you use experiences a breach, wait for more details regarding the breach before you make any decisions on what you may need to do next.

Always Be Alert

It’s a good idea to be mindful of cybersecurity at all times when you’re online. Even a quick lapse in judgment could expose you to malware or result in a security breach. Train yourself to think critically about what you download, the links you click, and how you use the internet, even when you think you’re on a safe server.

Being alert also means paying attention when something has gone wrong. For example, even if you don’t think you’ve downloaded any malware, there’s always the possibility that something slipped past you. If your device starts to perform strangely, get professional advice–or even take it to a professional, just in case. You might not recognize the significance of all the links you click and files you download, and a professional can help mitigate any potential damage.

Keep an Eye on Your Own Information

Even if you browse the internet with cybersecurity at the forefront of your mind, cybercriminals can be incredibly smart. And they continue to use technology more and more effectively every day. So, even if you think you have everything under control, you should still prepare yourself for a breach. After all, if you’re prepared for a cybersecurity incident, that means you’ll have a head start if it actually happens.

One of the best ways to stay prepared is to keep an eye on your information. PeopleFinders is a great way to help you try and do that.

With PeopleFinders, try and look yourself up with a people search, and see if you can find any information available about you. You may find private information that was accidentally leaked, either by yourself or via a company’s data breach. Or it may even be data that you know is wrong, and potentially tampered with.

If you are able to find such information, you then may know where you need to go to start cleaning things up (at the data source). And by keeping a watchful eye on things moving forward, you will hopefully be able to see if your efforts are working…or if other areas have been compromised.

Conclusion

It’s true that technology is constantly changing and expanding, making it easier than ever for cybercriminals to attack. The good news for you is that the same is true for cybersecurity.

Just because someone has discovered new malware doesn’t mean you’re at a higher risk. It just means you need to stay up to date on the cybersecurity evolving to take care of it. With PeopleFinders, you can try to maintain your security by noticing when your publicly available information changes.

PeopleFinders offers safety in a variety of contexts. Read the PeopleFinders blog to find out more about ways to stay safer online and in your everyday life.

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