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18 Online Security Secrets from Internet Security Experts

Reader's Digest Logo By Kitti Palmai of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 21: Cybercrime has been thriving globally since the pandemic started, targeting not only businesses but also the public. Online security couldn't be more relevant in today's digital world. With threats like phishing, spyware, and computer hacking putting your personal information at risk, simple security measures—like replacing easy-to-guess passwords with good passwords and using two-factor authentication—are a must. In its 2020 Internet Crime Report, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center said it receives an average of 2,000 cybercrime complaints per day. The latest annual report from Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that cybercrime will cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. That staggering figure takes into account a multitude of factors, including stolen money, lost productivity, restoration, and the deletion of hacked data and systems. "We all know that having a proactive approach to online security is important. Whether you use your computer or smartphone for business or personal use, you need to stay up-to-date on the latest security tips for staying safe online," says Anurag Gurtu, chief product officer at cybersecurity firm StrikeReady. To help you do just that, we've asked cybersecurity experts to share their top tips for better online security.

Protect yourself with better online security

Cybercrime has been thriving globally since the pandemic started, targeting not only businesses but also the public. Online security couldn't be more relevant in today's digital world. With threats like phishing, spyware, and computer hacking putting your personal information at risk, simple security measures—like replacing easy-to-guess passwords with good passwords and using two-factor authentication—are a must.

In its 2020 Internet Crime Report, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center said it receives an average of 2,000 cybercrime complaints per day. The latest annual report from Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that cybercrime will cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. That staggering figure takes into account a multitude of factors, including stolen money, lost productivity, restoration, and the deletion of hacked data and systems.

"We all know that having a proactive approach to online security is important. Whether you use your computer or smartphone for business or personal use, you need to stay up-to-date on the latest security tips for staying safe online," says Anurag Gurtu, chief product officer at cybersecurity firm StrikeReady. To help you do just that, we've asked cybersecurity experts to share their top tips for better online security.

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