Four tips on how to protect yourself from cyber attacks

The more digital our world becomes, the better we have to protect our data.

The more digital our world becomes, the better we have to protect our data.Image: / imago images

Joana Rettig

The more digital the world becomes, the more insecure cyberspace becomes. In 2009, for the first time, more money was made from cybercrime than from trading in drugs.

Added to this is the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Here, too, fighting takes place in cyberspace: And private users could also be affected by any attacks.

IT expert Maik Morgenstern from the independent research institute AV Test gives tips on how to protect yourself from attacks.

He says: “A mixture of technical measures and a healthy mistrust are still the best protection.”

Always carry out updates as quickly as possible

Updates are usually offered when the manufacturer of a software has discovered a security gap. These security updates should be imported promptly, says the expert. If possible, even automatically.

Updates don’t just play on the smartphone

When updating, you should not only rely on that smart phone or the computer, but consider all devices in the network: from the router to the language assistant. Any device that comes with the Internet and connected to your own home network is a potential target for attack.

Don’t forget antivirus software

In addition to the updates, common protection solutions such as anti-virus software should be used. A selection of suitable software can be made at any time research online.

Healthy distrust does no harm

Caution never hurts. Especially not when we’re surfing the Internet. If an email seems suspicious to us, we should sort it out. We should not click on suspicious links to websites and never download any attachments from other people’s mail accounts. These tips may sound banal, but they are essential.

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