The primary reason hackers do what they do is to steal your personal information from your mobile device or computer. Below are nine easy tips to prevent hackers from getting your sensitive information.
Update your Security Software and Operating System
When you update your operating system and your security software you are staying up to date on the most recent fixes to bugs or vulnerabilities in your system. You are staying one step ahead of the hackers and helping stop them from getting your information.
Check Sites and Links
Whenever you go to click on a link in an email or on a website, first try hovering over the link. You will see a dialog box appear that shows the URL the link is taking you to. Make sure it is a website that is recognizable and that you trust.
Use Trusted WiFi Networks
It is not advised to use free public WiFi, especially when making any sort of banking transaction over the Internet. Your information could possibly be seen across that network by hackers as you do not know what other devices are connected to that network. Additionally, fake WiFi hotspots can be created by attackers in public places, enticing you to connect and send all your traffic to them directly. Be sure to use password protected WiFi networks you know and trust.
Visit secure sites when possible
Whenever possible use URLs that start with https:// and often has a lock symbol by it. Always use this type of secure website when making financial transactions online.
Properly manage your passwords
Use a unique password for each of your accounts, never using the same password twice. If a hacker gets a hold of one, you do not want to give them access to all of your accounts. Additionally, passwords should be strong with a capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Consider using a strong password manager to keep all of these unique passwords organized.
Use Two-Factor Authentication
In addition to your password, some accounts give you the option to require a second code for you to enter. Usually it is a continually changing code that is sent to your phone when you attempt to login.
Know How to Recognize Scam Emails
Reviewing emails from suspicious senders and from people you know is a great tactic to stay safe from hackers. Do not respond to emails requesting money, that threaten your data, or ask you to click on suspicious links. Also be wary of attachments that are sent via email.
Secure your Router and WiFi Network
Change the factory default network name. Most routers come with a default network name that is printed on the router itself. Change the SSID to something that is recognizable to you.
Change the factory default password to your wireless network as well. Be sure it is a strong password that meets the aforementioned standards.
Review the security options on your router and set the security method to WPA2 or WPA if available.
Regularly Backup your Data
Not only for the case of a hack, but simple hardware failure can cause you to lose precious data. A regularly scheduled backup to another reliable device or the cloud will protect you and your information from being lost forever. Additionally, you help render ransomware powerless over your data.