If it is a hardware or a software, it is hackable. This is the first thing that you must remember. A lot of them can be difficult to hack, but that does not mean that it cannot be hacked. A real hacker who really wants your information will get it. While some may not portray a lot of threat, there are nefarious hackers who could access your personal information and misuse a lot of your personal data.
While some hackers are contracted by governments, other hacking attempts are usually the result of terrorists who try to create chaos. Illicit computer intrusions cause inconvenience for the users and can have damaging results. Most computers have virus protection which tries to keep the computer safe from unwanted attacks. Let us discuss 5 ways in which you can protect yourself against hackers.
When we talk of hacking, passwords are the first thing that we must set straight. A strong password is the first step to secure yourself from hackers. If you want to minimize the chances of having your password guessed or hackers using brute force to hack into your account, then use a password manager. Pick a password that has been randomly generated and is alpha-numeric.
In addition to generating password, password managers will also warn you when you are using the same password on multiple sites. Isn’t that the kind of mistake that we are all guilty of? It is a huge security error because when one site is compromised, the hacker automatically gets access to the rest of your accounts. Even if you like to manage your own passwords, choose different ones for different websites.
- Two-Factor Authentication
As hackers become stronger, websites are also coming up with new ways to secure the data of their users. This brings two-factor authentication to the limelight. It has become exceedingly common among websites especially when social networking sites are concerned. With two-factor authentication enabled, when you try to log-in from a new device, the website sends you a message with a temporary password. This means if a hacker tries to get into your account, the second authentication will set him back and he may not be able to proceed further.
Apple, Twitter, Dropbox, Microsoft, Facebook as well as Google offer two-factor authentication. Use it for additional security.
- Keep Sensitive Data Off the Cloud
Supposedly, the cloud is secure. However, we have heard of numerous instances where accounts have been hacked and information saved in the cloud was out in the open. If you are saving sensitive personal information on the cloud then you may be vulnerable to hackers. So it is best that you do not allow cloud services to automatically back up data. On the other hand, sensitive data is more secure on an external device that you can access when you are offline. Make sure this external device is password protected as well.
Your Smartphone data has a lot of information about you as well. Keep it away from the cloud as well. Do not backup your Smartphone data to the cloud. Sensitive data is best stored locally and password protected.
- Do Not Link Your Accounts
When you link accounts you give hackers access to more than one account. So, next time when you see the option to sign in using Facebook instead of signing up on a website, choose the signing up process. It is easy for us to click on the option to link our sign in rather than going through the tedious process of signing up, but it pays off. Convenience can often lessen our security posture, and it is best not to take chances. Keeping your accounts separated limits hackers to just one account and strengthens your security.
- Security Questions
Security questions are a great way to keep your account secure. At one point these made quite a bit of sense. However, with the social networking websites showcasing our information, security questions are much easier to crack. Anyone who can see your Facebook or Twitter account will know your favorite movie and will not have a lot of difficulty in guessing your mother’s maiden name.
So how do we secure ourselves? Pick answers that make no sense in context to the questions.
Use these methods to secure your online data and keep hackers away. While nothing is hacker-proof, these precautions can make it difficult for the hacker.