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When you think about it, your digital assets are just as precious to you as your heirloom jewelry or the title to your home. Yet if you’re not using thoughtful digital security techniques, you could be leaving all of that information sitting out on the open Internet and inviting hackers to steal it.

Digital security encompasses a variety of tools and best practices that help you protect your devices, computers and online accounts from cyberattacks. It includes everything from password managers to virtual private networks (VPNs) to anti-virus and anti-malware software.

While no one type of digital security is a panacea for all threats, the combination of several can provide you with a comprehensive layer of protection against most attackers. It’s also worth noting that all of the best digital security methods in the world cannot protect you from every attack, so it is essential to use common sense and a healthy dose of paranoia when it comes to your online activities.

Cyber attacks are increasingly becoming more sophisticated. For example, a cyberattack may target specific software libraries and exploit vulnerabilities to gain system privileges. From there, it can access a database of sensitive information and steal data. Attackers can even take advantage of proxies, temporary anonymous dial-up accounts and wireless connections to obscure their true identity. As such, identifying attackers can be difficult. This makes it harder for law enforcement to pursue them. In the worst-case scenarios, attacks can target physical infrastructure and human lives, such as air traffic control outages or attacks on smart cars and health monitors.