Ways To Prevent Your Account From Getting Hacked
Strictly, everything that connects to the Internet can get hacked.
But there are numerous things you can do to defend yourself and your information from an attack.
Here are a few tips that will alleviate the risk of getting your personal information stolen.
- Be wary of the link locations
Unknown messages contain links to strange sites. Surfing to a cryptic website can bring about unintended concerns. For one, it could impersonate a site you know and trust and help you fall victim to a phishing con. Or, it may be unsecure or infected with malware.
If you are drawn to click on one of these links, you better know precisely where it’s taking you. The best way is to copy and paste the link location into a new browser to see what site is on the other side. If it’s a shortened link, you can use tools like URL X-ray that figure out the real destination before you click it.
Also, encoded sites are the benign ones to visit. You know they are harmless when you see HTTPS in the URL and the lock icon on your browser.
- Be careful about unknown attachments
Ensure you know the sender who sends you attachments. Be careful about opening strange attachments. It might be loaded with virus. It is one of the easiest ways for hackers to download a harmful code onto victim computers is by sending emails with virus-laden files.
A common way organizations get hacked is by one unsuspecting employee downloading malicious software that penetrates the entire network. The most dangerous file types are Word, PDFs, and .EXEs.
- Be apprehensive of emails
A great deal of cyber-attacks are propelled through simple malicious email campaigns. Email is a brilliant communication platform because you can send anything to anyone, but that means it can be a big security risk. Phishing, for example, sends victims seemingly harmless emails that will lead victims to fake websites asking to update their personal facts.
The best way to avoid being tricked by phony emails is to just make sure the addressee is who you think it is. Verify the email address to see if they match with website you think it’s from. To be extra careful you can check the IP address of the sender.
- Have stronger passwords
This may be the most evident yet ignored tip. A strong password includes uppercase, lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and some gibberish. Avoid making the password a personal reference, and do not save it in a file. Most significantly, do not use the same password for several accounts.
There are some great apps like LastPass and 1Password that safely store passwords. Also, it’s vital to change passwords regularly – especially for susceptible accounts like email and banking.
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by techtalks @TechTalks August 21, 2015 10:44 AM UTC