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When it comes to advocating for and protecting our data security and online activity, it is safe to say that we have had more than a little trouble keeping our online activity and subsequent data safe from prying eyes and criminal minds. The single biggest issue comes on the back of the realisation that no matter how hard we work to protect ourselves online, there is likely always going to be a threat that will try – and even potentially succeed – to steal our information via vicious cyberattacks. There are of course avenues we can access to remove ransomware, spyware and other malware from our devices, but ultimately the best prevention is consistent and conscious action.

The average person now has three devices that they interact with weekly, if not daily. The first, of course, is the mobile phone. Second is a laptop or desktop computer set up. And third is a tablet or a Kindle. We are more invested in technological progression and digital advancement than we would perhaps like to admit. When we consider the fact that we are more invested in our digital devices than we are in the world around us (generally speaking, of course), then we can begin to discern where we have gone wrong and how to right the ship. There is a very real mentality that all digital devices will be hacked, so why bother protecting them? And this is where the danger comes in.

Here is the thing. Sure, you can never be 100% certain that your devices are absolutely safe from cyber attacks. They never will be. The risk will always be there. But, you can safeguard and aim to prevent your devices from being attacked by actively and consistently engaging with multiple forms of online security systems and privacy settings. Malware like ransomware and viruses (to name a few key players) is still one of the key focuses of a cyberattack, and the reality is that there is no sure-fire way to protect a device always. But actively engaging with online security measures like password systems, two-factor authentication, secret questions, and cyber security programs (to name a few) is the best way to prevent your devices from coming under malicious attack.

When one considers the fact that there is an ongoing issue with cybersecurity – and there has been since the dawn of technological advancements’ innovations – they can also ascertain that there is no feasible way to ensure that devices can be protected without fail. It is the inherent understanding and drive to do what we want to protect our data and information online that is most important. Ignorance might be bliss for a while…until you find out that your data has been stolen in a vicious ransomware attack, and there is little to nothing you can do to find the perpetrator/s.

In a world that is inherently connected via technological advancement, the need to be conscious and aware of our level of security online has never been higher – and it will only evolve more as the world moves towards complete digitalisation in the coming years.