Easy Steps to Protect Yourself from Hackers
In this new age of getting your identity stolen through the internet, you may be thinking “what can I do to prevent this from happening to me?” Simple mistakes can give hackers access to your information and leave you vulnerable. If you follow these few tips, your chances are much less likely to get hacked.
#1 - Protect your Wi-Fi. If you are a business owner, always have a separate Wi-Fi for your business and your clients to use when they are in your office. It is way too simple for someone to hack your Wi-Fi, especially if it is not protected with a password. Have any guests use the separate network and do not give out your password for the private network.
#2 - Don’t unconsciously download from unfamiliar sites. If you are not familiar with a website, do not download content off of it. Even if they are the only ones carrying the ringtone you have been dying to find, it is not worth it. Blindly accepting their download policies can leave your computer and personal information exposed.
#3 - Updating your password. Jimmy Kimmel recently went onto the streets of Hollywood to warn people that their passwords may not be secure enough, and proceeded to ask them what their passwords are. Don’t fall into that trap! If you ever give out your password to someone, make sure you change it after. Also, avoiding simple passwords, like your dog’s name or birthday, will help prevent someone from hacking your information. Try to use a capital letter, lower case letter, and a combination of letters and numbers.
#4 - Opening links in emails from unknown accounts. If you receive an email that there has been suspicious activity with your credit card in an email, do not click on the link from that email to check. Go directly to the actual website. Hackers can create fake email addresses that resemble the company’s names, and get you to give them your personal and sometimes sensitive information.
Author: Karen Boehm