The World Wide Web is an awesome place to be at but it has a bunch of exploits for crackers to take advantage of against you. Their hacking toolbox offers a wide range of instruments for pretty much any kind of system penetrating need. You have to watch out!
Fortunately, a few essential measures can help you prevent from being hacked. They will not guarantee total uncompromised security but will significantly decrease the chances of having your sensitive data stolen.
Phishing – is an act of sending a masqueraded (misleadingly representing a trustworthy sender) email with an intent to obtain sensitive information: passwords, usernames, credit card details, etc. It is also a part of a social engineering technique, when cyber criminals psychologically manipulate their victims into disclosing confidential information or performing some specific actions. The best way to avoid being scammed is to carefully check the email address of the sender, see where the links are pointing and stay away from suspicious emails.
It seems to be the most obvious thing but still billions of people worldwide unconsciously ignore this. Your password should be long, strong & have no personal strings.
More importantly, it should not be the same for every website you visit. You should have different passwords for various sites you log into and it is preferable to make sure that they do not have any similarities. Thankfully, there is a ton of services out there that offer password vaults, so you do not have to remember all of them. It’s up to you to decide which company you trust your own data.
This is simple. Do not share your personal data while on a public Wi-Fi. These internet spots are highly vulnerable and you never know who might be already connected to the same network as you are.
In case you really need to transfer a piece of your sensitive information on a public network, it would be good to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which encrypts your connection, so that the Wi-Fi network you are on can’t see where you are surfing. In addition, an even better alternative would be to use your cellular data or set up your own hotspot.
The internet is not just about shiny rainbows & beautiful unicorns. There are nasty people out there. And you should be ready in case they come.
These 3 core principals mentioned above will definitely help you protect your personal valuable data from crackers. Just remember that your data’s security should be your highest priority.
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