There are ways to guess the hacker’s every move
The more we trust our devices, the more vulnerable we are to attacks and scams. Your smartphone is a prime target. Tap or click here for three ways to protect it from hackers,
It’s not just passwords and sensitive details that you need to keep safe. Think of all the photos and videos stored on your phone that would break your heart to lose. Tap or click for the best ways to save your phone’s photos before it’s too late,
Stopping cybercriminals starts with your frame of mind. You need to think like the bad guys. Here are five smart ways to do it and tips to help you secure your digital life the right way.
4 Quick Cyber Security Steps Everyone Should Be Taking Right Now
1. ‘My work becomes easier when you use older tools.’
Security patches and system updates protect you from the latest hacks and bugs. Hackers know that, of course, which makes older devices juicy targets.
Most of us retire our old smartphone before we can use it, but what about the rest of your smart device?
That first-generation Amazon Echo you’ve been sitting around? It is no longer safe. Hackers can access it and record your conversation. This is just an example, of course.
ground level: Once your connected gadgets stop receiving updates, it’s time to say goodbye. This advice holds for security cameras, hard drives, smart plugs, routers, and even your browser.
Go one step further: How to protect your security system from hackers,
2. ‘I’m so much better than the hackers you see in the movies.’
Whenever a hacker wanted to break into a system in a movie, the person would type in a bunch of characters, and they would come in. It really can be that simple. I tell you all the time that reusing passwords is dangerous. Why over here Let’s say you use the same password on some sites, and then one site is breached.
Your login credentials become available for sale on the dark web. Everyone who gets their hands on your credentials tries the same username and password combination on other sites.
Just like that, your sensitive information, private documents and personal conversations are in the hands of a hacker. They will use your account to send spam, scam or phishing attempts directed at your contacts.
ground level: You’ve created dozens of accounts for sites and services you haven’t been using for years. You might think that keeping them around is no big deal, and that’s what hackers are banking on. Tap or click here for a site that makes it easy to find steps to delete your old accounts,
Go one step further: 10 new rules for creating the best strong passwords,
3. ‘I walk where there is free Wi-Fi.’
“Great,” you think, “this coffee shop has free Wi-Fi.” Crooks use public Wi-Fi to spy on you and other unsuspecting users connecting to the network. These “honeypot” networks are designed to steal your information.
Are you checking your bank account over free Wi-Fi in the store or at the airport? A criminal can get away with your login credentials and sabotage your account. For banking, stick to the app on your phone and use your cell phone’s data connection when you’re out.
ground level: If you must use a public connection, switch to a virtual private network (VPN) for your own safety. Tap or click here to find free Wi-Fi anywhere while staying safe,
Go one step further: Change these router settings to keep hackers away from your home network,
4. ‘Your family and friends are my best friends.’
It’s a sad truth, but your family can make you vulnerable to hackers. Let’s say your kids have your Netflix password, and someone shares it with a friend. Friend shares this with someone else. Before you know it, your go-to streaming password is floating around.
When it comes to the younger people or less tech-savvy people in your life, they might not spot red flags as well as you might. One wrong click can lead to scams, malware, or worse.
Cyber security should be a familiar matter. Share this article with the people in your life, and you will all be safe.
ground level: Creating a separate login is more secure than sharing a password. Tap or click here for a list of services you can share with friends and family to save some cash,
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5. ‘I look for posts showing expensive purchases or holidays.’
Sharing doesn’t care when it comes to cyber security. Posts that seem innocuous may show signs of money to cybercriminals.
By all means, share your thoughts and memes online. But does anyone need to know about your precious new watch or that nice vacation you’re on? No, they don’t. Share these things in private messages with people you trust.
ground level: Do not include personal information in any public profile. No one needs to see your phone number, email address or place of employment. Tap or click for more common social media mistakes that many people make,
Go one step further: 10 Facebook privacy and security settings you need to change now,
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