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7 Common Cybersecurity Myths You Need to Stop Believing

The need for cybersecurity is not going away. In 2021, 86.2 percent of surveyed organizations were the victims of a cyberattack. Companies and individuals are at risk for cyberattacks, but it’s easier than you think to protect yourself online. Cybersecurity news or articles might convince you that cybersecurity is too technical and difficult to manage on your own. But, that is just what cybercriminals want you to think. The truth is that cybersecurity is easy and accessible to everyone

We’ll break down seven common cybersecurity myths, and introduce ways you can protect yourself, your business, and your family from online attacks. 

7 Common Cybersecurity Myths BUSTED

Myth #1: Implementing Good Cybersecurity Practices is Hard

Reality: It’s actually really easy to adopt basic cybersecurity with the right tools. You might be more familiar with these tools than you think. When you implement 2FA, generate hard passwords with a password generator, or switch to a private browser you are already setting yourself up for cybersecurity success. Most of these require a quick download and set up, and often have an easy-to-use interface.

Myth #2: I Have to Be Tech-Savvy to Practice Good Cybersecurity

Reality: Just like you don’t need to be a security expert to set up a security system for your home, you don’t need to be a tech wizard to practice good cybersecurity. This cybersecurity myth is easily debunked by making a few changes, even for cybersecurity beginners. What’s more, is that most cybersecurity tools come with step-by-step instructions that are easy for anyone to follow.

Myth #3: Good Cybersecurity is Expensive

Reality: While you can implement fancy tools to shore up your online defenses, it really isn’t necessary. Many of the tools you need like password managers, private browser options, or VPNs can be found for no or little cost. Keep in mind, however, that you might have to sacrifice some features and functionality for a lower cost.

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Myth #4: Only My Work Devices Need Cybersecurity

Reality: When big companies fall victim to a cyberattack, it is all over the news. However, attacks on personal devices are more common than you might think. Your personal devices and email accounts that are used to manage sensitive information, make them an attractive target for cybercriminals. Protect your own devices with systems like IdentityGuard, which can provide additional protection as well as alert you to identity theft. 

Myth #5: I’ll Get a Refund If a Cybercriminal Accesses My Financials

Reality: While the FDIC is there to protect your accounts from fraud, there are some instances where your finances are not protected. For example, if you fall for a phishing scam and willingly send someone money over Zelle, your bank is not liable. The same goes for cryptocurrency. Because it’s not backed by banks or the government, you can have a hard time recovering any money if someone hacks your crypto wallet. 

Myth #6: I Don’t Need Cybersecurity Because I’ve Never Been Hacked or Cyberattacked

Reality: Even if you have never been in a car accident before, you should wear your seatbelt. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Preventative action can effectively deter cybercriminals from targeting you. Most of the time, this is what encourages people to start practicing good cybersecurity in the first place. 

Most criminals, real-world and cyber, look for easy targets. Basic cybersecurity immediately removes you from that pool and that already protects you from a lot of online scams. Once you learn the truth about this cybersecurity myth, you are already ahead of the game. 

Myth #7: Anti-Virus/Malware Software is Enough to Prevent Cyberattacks

Reality: It would be nice if this cybersecurity misconception was true! Unfortunately, anti-virus/malware software alone is not enough to completely protect you from cyberattacks. This software should be used as one component in a layered approach to achieve total cybersecurity. Consider adding on a private browser, password manager, or VPN to further ward off cybercriminals.

If you want an easy way to protect all of your information online, hand your cybersecurity off to Total Digital Security (TDS). TDS is a white-glove service that provides you with a dedicated security expert who will handle all your cybersecurity needs—and at any budget. Schedule an intro call with TDS today.

Conclusion: Don’t believe what you hear about cybersecurity

The truth about cybersecurity is that it’s incredibly important for both individuals and businesses. But achieving a high level of security is not too hard with the right tools. Don’t let yourself become a victim of a cybersecurity attack! Layer your approach to cybersecurity by utilizing multiple practices instead of relying on a single one. 

Take your online security seriously, and enjoy total peace of mind. Listen to this episode of Batten Down Dialogues to learn more about common cybersecurity myths and Total Digital Security.