How to Avoid Being Hacked Online

10 days ago

Keeping your accounts secure is one of the keys of not being hacked online. How to do this successfully?

Let us agree that being hacked is one of the most common unpleasant things that happen so often. Nobody wants to be a victim of a hacker, but not everybody takes the necessary steps to avoid being hacked online. Below are some useful tips regarding the mentioned issue:

Passwords

One of the most important things is your password. Your passwords to access your accounts on apps or websites should consist of a combination of numbers, upper- and lower-case letters, and special characters that are difficult to guess. It is highly recommended not to use the same password for more than one website or account. This limits the damage to you if a hacker happens to crack one of your passwords.

Never tell anyone your password. This may seem obvious, but it is never enough to repeat this. Even your friends might accidentally tell someone your passcode. Ok, sometimes there is a situation when you have to give your password out. If you have done it for some reason, change it as soon as they are done with whatever they needed to do on your account.

Not only keep the password a secret but also change the passwords on your various accounts and devices at least once every six months. Make sure not to use the same password twice.

Change Phone's Passcode

Keeping your phone secure is also crucial. Make sure you change the passcode of your phone as often as possible. The greatest way of defense against people attempting to view or steal your data is a strong and constantly changing passcode. Use a password that includes letters and symbols in addition to the typical numerical characters.

Read Privacy Polices

Never skip reading the privacy policies carefully. Any company that has information from you must have a privacy policy that details how they use that information and the extent to which they share it with others. Most people simply click through the privacy policy without reading it. It is for you own security, who knows after reading the policy you may want to reconsider sharing information with that company. Think of it.

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Log Out

Logging out of accounts when you are done with them is such a good habit. Simply closing the browser window is not always enough. Make sure to log out manually of your account and remove your login credentials from a site.

Personal Information off Social Media

Try to keep personal information off social media even if it is tempting to share as much as you can. You may think you are just sharing with friends, but revealing too much about yourself and your life on social media can make you vulnerable to hackers. Sharing personal information directly with people who need it is much better than openly posting on social media.

File Sharing Services

Try to avoid file sharing services. Often you think you are downloading the latest hit song or a new movie, but the file actually is a virus. Not only does file sharing often violate intellectual property laws, but file-sharing websites are crawling with hackers. Many of these files are designed in such a way that the virus or malware are just hidden within. 

Online Shopping

Try to shop only on secure sites. Do not enter account or credit card information on a site that does not have "https://" written before the "www" section of the website address. The "s" indicates the site is secure. Sites without that will not encrypt or protect your data.

Fake Websites

Learn to recognize fake websites. Not only avoid sites without "HTTPS" and the padlock icon next to the URL, double-check the website's URL before entering your password on it. Some sites will attempt to steal your login information by posing as another. You can spot these sites by looking for extra (or missing) letters, dashes between words, and extra symbols.

Being hacked online mostly depends on you. We hope that our tips above will help you to never to be hacked again online. Good luck.

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