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6 Tips To Ensure Your Safety From Hackers

6 Tips To Ensure Your Safety From Hackers

Comparing to just ten years ago, computers and smartphones are very important to almost everyone’s life and some can’t live without it. We use them in our workplace and at home. Then there are our smartphones which are basically portable computers. With everyone using computers on a daily basis and having one or more Social Media Accounts, we are becoming more and more vulnerable to cyber-criminals and hackers.

Social media is such a critical part of our lives and business these days, making it extremely important that we keep the accounts safe. Imagine if someone gained access to your accounts? It would be devastating and it could potentially have a severe negative impact on your life and business as well. An attack from a cyber-criminal or hacker can potentially affect all types of computers whether you’re running Windows, Mac OS, Linux or a smartphone equivalent.

The problem is that most people either don’t have the time or are just not interested in making their computers or social media accounts secure. Having a computer or social media account and not securing it, is like opening the door of your home with the intention no one will break in and steal or cause damage.  We would never open our doors even when we are home, that is why we have locks on doors and so should you have locks on your computer and social media accounts. Occasionally someone with malicious intent may try to steal your data or cause harm with your data and the most shocking part is you will never see anyone come in unless you have protection systems in place. Hackers are invisible and fast. They are always searching websites for details of customers’ accounts, especially for their credit card information.

Theft is not the only thing on the mind of a hacker: Sheer destruction is a major motivator. You can never undo the damage done by a hacker, you can take steps to prevent it. Even the most basic protection will discourage many hackers enough to make them go looking for easier pickings elsewhere. Thieves are likelier to steal from people who leave their doors unlocked.

Below are 6 tips which would ensure your safety from hackers;

  1. Be sure to turn off your Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth and turn them on only when necessary. It is highly advisable to join only trusted networks or use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when on a public network to encrypt your traffic.

  2. Be very careful who and where you share your personal information such as social networks or when registering for a service on a website or pop-up banners which seek for your information.

  3. Do not open Links or download attachments in emails unless it’s from a trusted and verified source.

  4. Use strong and good passwords. A strong password shouldn’t be guessed easily and should also contain Uppercase, Lowercase, numbers, punctuation and gibberish.

  5. Do not use one password for all accounts such as the same password you use for Facebook will be used for your bank accounts. You may use password managers such as LastPass, etc. to store all your passwords in case your forget them.

  6. Change your passwords to all your accounts regularly if possible change your password after every six months.

August 21, 2017

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