There are many hackers operating today that target vulnerable accounts. These hackers want to gain access to sensitive information, data, and even money. The good news is that there are several ways to avoid a data breach. This article discusses some tips to help you stay clear of hackers.
What do hackers look for?
To avoid getting targeted by hackers, you must first understand the type of targets they look for. Most hackers are after money. They are looking for people to scam or blackmail so they can receive a huge payout after the process.
Some hackers want to gain access to private data. They will then use this information to expose or harass the target. Other hackers even target governments or enemies of the state to gain sensitive state information.
If hackers are after a big payday, they usually target people who are not well-versed in using the internet. The older generation is a usual target for financial hacks. This generation is not as experienced in using websites and applications as the younger users.
While most hackers do it for the money, some just do it for kicks. They don’t mind what the effect of their hacking will be. They focus on a target, get the information they want, and broadcast it to the world. This is why even if you don’t fit the common profile of a target, it is best to keep your online accounts secure to avoid being targeted in the first place. For businesses, implementing a pragmatic security program is a good way to avoid getting targeted by hackers.
Tips to Avoid Getting Targeted
The good news is that you can apply several techniques to avoid becoming a target of hackers. These techniques are easy to use and simple to set up. But they will go a long way in securing your accounts and deterring potential hackers.
Use a password manager.
One of the first things users create online is an account. Whether it is an email account, social media profile, e-commerce account, or any other type of account, you will need a strong password to protect it. A password manager can help you create strong passwords and store them securely.
A password manager is software that helps users generate and manage their passwords. It can also autofill online forms with your stored credentials. There are many password managers available, and it is best to read up on the features of each before selecting one.
Once you have chosen a password manager, all you have to do is create a strong master password. This will be the only password you need to remember from now on, as all your other passwords will be stored in the software.
Remember that you still need to create strong passwords that are a mixture of letters, numbers, and symbols! A password manager will be useless if all your passwords are as simple as “1234” or “password.” You should also have different passwords per account. This way, in case one of your accounts gets hacked, the others will still be safe.
Enable two-factor authentication (2FA).
Two-factor authentication provides an added layer of security on top of a strong password. With 2FA enabled, you will need to enter a code sent to your mobile phone. Alternately, an authenticator app generates the code in addition to your password when logging in. Setting up 2FA makes it difficult to access your account. Hackers would also need to have your mobile phone or the authenticator app, which is much harder to acquire.
You can enable 2FA for your email, social media, and other online accounts. Check the security settings of each account to see how you can enable 2FA. For email accounts, you can also set up two-step verification.
Exercise caution when clicking links.
Hackers often use phishing scams to bait users into clicking on malicious links or opening infected attachments. Once the user clicks on the link or attachment, the malicious software will be installed on their device without them knowing.
To avoid falling for a phishing scam, always check the sender of an email or message before clicking on any links. If you don’t know the sender, or if the email looks suspicious, do not click on any links! You can also hover your cursor over a link to see where it will lead you before clicking.
Avoid using public Wi-Fi.
Public Wi-Fi is convenient, but it is also one of the most insecure ways to connect to the internet. Hackers can easily set up a fake Wi-Fi network and lure users into connecting to it. Once the user is connected, the hacker can then snoop on their internet traffic and steal sensitive information.
If you must use public Wi-Fi, avoid doing any activities that require you to enter sensitive information, such as online banking or shopping. You should also use a VPN, which encrypts your internet traffic and makes it more difficult for hackers to eavesdrop on your activities.
Keep your software up to date.
One of the best ways to avoid getting hacked is to keep your software up to date. This refers to all the software that you have installed on your device! When a new security update is released, hackers will often try to take advantage of it by targeting devices that have not yet installed the update. By keeping your software up to date, you can make it more difficult for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities.
Setting up automatic software updates is the usual way to go. But it is still a good idea to check for updates manually from time to time. To do this, open the settings or preferences menu for each software and look for the update option.
By following the tips above, you can make it more difficult for hackers to target you. However, it is important to remember that no security measure is perfect. Hackers are always finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities, so it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security threats. Staying one step ahead of hackers is an effective way to keep your accounts secure.
Binary Blogger has spent 20 years in the Information Security space currently providing security solutions and evangelism to clients. From early web application programming, system administration, senior management to enterprise consulting I provide practical security analysis and solutions to help companies and individuals figure out HOW to be secure every day.