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IT Security FAQ: what should you do to protect yourself online? What is the number one everyday mistake people make?

June 23, 2016

There is a lot think about when it comes to security, but what is the one most important piece of advice a security expert can give?

Comment from our expert:
”My number one advice is to think more about web security overall. That in itself would be a major improvement from what we see online today. Most people probably think ’I don’t know anything about online security’ and give up directly. The whole field of web security may come across as difficult and vague, but to at least be aware of (or try to be aware of) your online behavior is a good first step. Ask questions like ’Is this really reasonable?’ when you install things on your computer, on WordPress or when you share your data with apps or Facebook. Try and put yourself in the shoes of someone who is out to get you, how are you making it easier for that person to reach you?”

What is the most common everyday security mistake people make?
”The most common mistake, and the one that has the biggest impact, is using the same password for multiple sites and services. This is something that we keep on repeating, but it’s still equally as important. It really is a bad, bad idea to use the same password in many places,” says Johan Edholm at Detectify.

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