Really, there is only one way to eliminate the chance of getting breached…That is never going online. Many of us think we are safe online, however when you use the same passwords and have all your personal information displayed to the public, hackers can easily guess them; They are a lot smarter than you think.
A hacker’s main objective is to steal your personal information and act as you or act against you. Every scam normally ends with you handing over money or handing out even more personal data, that eventually can lead to your hacker receiving money in some way.
Scammers/Hackers tend to target the more venerable people in our society, such as young children or the older generation. However, this is not always the case, middle aged people can also be the victim of these attacks too, so watch out!
In this day and age, it is rare that you will come across someone that doesn’t use the internet in some way. Therefore, it is hard to eradicate hacking, as there are far too many ways hackers can access your information.
Hacking Prevention Tips
We are going to run through some simple but effective ways you can be more secure online!
First, let’s talk passwords. Everyone has passwords for everything they sign into, however, a simple password is not going to make you secure online. You need strong unique passwords not linked to any personal information. They need to be passwords that it is physically impossible to guess!
If you are wanting to use a strong password, an example would be taking a random sentence you remember and turn it into a password.
For example: The quick brown fox jumps over the fence.
Use password creator websites; iPhone has its own built in password generator. So, whenever I get asked to create a password on my phone, my iPhone automatically creates me a unique and strong password not linked to any of my personal information but is then saved to my keychain so I can always log in without physically keeping my password anywhere.
When creating answers for security questions, LIE. Never put in your real answer, always make up a fake but memorable answer.
Use 2-factor authenticator. This is where you must confirm your identity in 2 ways; one by your password then the second by entering a code that is sent to you through email or phone number or an authenticator app.
A few little tips are
- Change your passwords every few months
- When creating passwords use a mixture of letters, numbers, and symbols
- Enable login alerts so you know when someone has logged into one of your accounts
- Use secure password manager
- Use fingerprint on all devices
- Enable 2-Factor Authentication
- Update all your apps and software regularly to improve bug fixes
- Make regular backups on all devices
- Get Antivirus software
- Only open emails, attachments, and links you are familiar or are expecting
- Only give out personal details if you know for certain it is who you think it is!
- Update privacy settings when available
- Be careful what data you input into websites when using public Wi-Fi
These are all ways of hacking prevention. However, these tips are only to reduce the chance of been hacked, they don’t eliminate them.
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