5 tips on how NOT to get hacked

date: 18 August 2016
reading time: 3 min

Security threats lurk in the corners of the Internet, scaring and haunting all of us. Since personal data is so precious and its leakage may be dangerous, it’s smart to take all the necessary steps to stay safe. And this is what we’re here for.

It is said that every day we are exposed to 30,000 websites infected by some type of malware. Additionally, hackers are capable of cracking your password in less than 10 minutes. So, what can be done to reduce or even eliminate the risk of being attacked?

 1.Beware social media

Bear in mind that your social media accounts should be accessible only for the people you picked, so make them private. They are the main sources hackers get the details from. Information like your mother’s maiden name or important dates are usually used for the security questions and make access to your data that much simpler.

This is why, it may be wiser to use fake details to answer your security questions, making hacking attempts harder.

2. Use hard to pass passwords

As we mentioned above, it takes just a few minutes to guess a weak password. A perfect password shouldn’t consist of six lowercase letters. If you are baffled and still don’t know how to create an almost uncrackable one, there are free websites that will be helpful in making them up, but you can also create them by yourself.

What’s the recipe?

  • use uppercase letters, symbols or/and numbers
  • use phrases

Well-picked password will take too much time for the hackers to crack and they will eventually give up.

3. Conduct regular backups

Imagine losing all the things you thought you kept secure on your hard drive. Not a perfect scenario, is it? That is why backups are crucial. If you want to make sure you’re not going to get robbed of your memories, there are a few ways to do it properly:

  • You can use platforms like Dropbox or OneDrive to protect your data and have constant access to it
  • Use portable hard drives that have large capacity and will be able to store most of your files

In case of an attack, all your documents, pictures and data would have duplicates and that is why you should conduct regular backups – they have your back!

4. Don’t use public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks are usually not encrypted, hence more prone to attack, therefore making it easier to access your platforms like: bank accounts or e-mails.
Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) may solve your problems. It is basically connecting to other secure, distant server, which works as a middleman.

This way, you’re not exposed to dangers that may present themselves in coffee shops and other public areas with Wi-Fi.

5. Make your computer up-to-date

Not many people realise the importance of updates. It is crucial to keep your operating system and web browser updated. These updates don’t take long or can be done overnight, yet they prevent hackers from seeing the weaknesses of your system.

Check for updates regularly to make sure you always use the latest version of your operating system.

From the theoretical point of view, it may seem easy to keep hackers away, however, you must bear in mind that we live in the world of advancements and hackers do everything to do their job properly.

Follow our rules and, if you need additional support, contact us and we will help you figure out the ways to be fully protected.

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