With all the recent news about government surveillance, corporate cybersecurity failures and large-scale hacks, keeping yourself completely safe online can seem like an impossible task. However, there are several things you can lower your changes of being a target. Here are our top 7 ways to avoid being hacked:
- Be suspicious of emails- Many malicious attacks begin with email. Phishing, for example, sends victims seemingly innocent emails that will lead users to fake websites asking to update their personal information.
- Change your password often- It’s crucial to change passwords frequently — especially for vulnerable accounts like email and banking.
- Use one card online and monitor the activity frequently
- Don’t use the same passwords for multiple sites- While it may be convenient and easy to remember, it puts you at risk. Once hackers get one password, they try to figure out which personal accounts they can access with the data they stole.
- Don’t write down your password and leave it in obvious places- There are some great tools like LastPass and 1Password that securely store passwords so that you don’t have to.
- Use encrypted communications when sending sensitive information- (Wickr, Cisco Encrypted email,…etc)
- Be aware of what you post to social media- Sharing what you’re doing might sound innocent, but your friends and followers aren’t the only ones paying attention. Social media hackers are also taking interest in your updates to see what they can exploit. For example, when a hacker gets a target’s phone number, they have a platform to obtain additional information about the user to launch further attacks against not only them, but others from within their trusted social networks.
For more tips and information on how to stay safe online, contact us today.