Knowing about cybersecurity risks isn’t the same as protecting against them.
For instance, a recent survey from the Pew Research Center found that just 12 percent of Americans use a password manager, and only 3 percent use it regularly – even though that’s how security pros recommend everyone keep track of passwords. It takes time and effort to stay on top of best security practices, so all too often, people cut corners.
That’s why we’ve put together a short guide to cybersecurity essentials. It will walk you through some of the most common risks, and the specific ways to protect yourself when it comes to three critical areas:
- Privacy: How someone else can see what you’re doing online or on your device.
- Security: How someone can intercept data.
- Control: How someone can take over your smartphone or computer.
These scenarios illustrate the kinds of risks to watch out for, and how to protect yourself.