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Tips to avoid getting hacked

In the last year, several multinational firms and individuals have become victims of hackers.

Nowadays, computer hacking has become much easier and a lot more common. There are several ways to avoid getting hacked and saving your private data from being in the hands of a malicious individual:

  • 1.Change your passwords regularly

It is smart to change your passwords regularly and to use different ones for all the different services. This will limit the damage by preventing hackers from accessing all your accounts or websites. Making them complex, with upper and lower case letters and numbers, will increase your security. Using two-factor authentication is also great for extra security and hack prevention.

  • 2.Look for the green secure ''lock''

Always check for the green lock sign on a website, this means it is secure and safe to browse on. This lock means it encrypts all the data that goes from your computer or device to the internet server, preventing hackers from accessing your private information.

  • 3.Use a VPN

Using a Virtual Private Network is a very effective way to ensure your identity is kept secret online: it hides your IP address therefore it provides extra security when surfing the Internet on a public or private network.

  • 4.Beware of Applications and downloads

When downloading a program or app, make sure they are not asking to have access to unnecessary information (e.g. contacts, network info etc.) as this is when hackers can easily get access to all your information they desire.

  • 5.Store your information elsewhere

Hackers have increasingly targeted cloud services and accounts over the last year. Instead of keeping your information on the Cloud, which is connected to the internet, use an external source. By backing up your data on an external hard drive that isn't connected to the internet, hackers are strictly unable to access your information.

  • 6.Watch out for public Wi-Fi

It is very simple for hackers to create a false Wi-Fi network that looks like a real one. To avoid joining the wrong network and getting all your confidential information accessed, ask an employee if that network is legitimate and safe to use.

  • 7.Switch off your Wi-Fi

Turning out your Wi-Fi when you are not using it stops your computer from joining any network when you are not paying attention.

  • 8.''Forget'' the network

Once you don't need a Wi-Fi connection anymore, log off all services you were using and make sure your computer ''forgets'' the network so it doesn't automatically re-connect to it in future.

At Computer Being, we can provide you with the best tools to protect your devices from being hacked; we can help you recover your data as well as remove any malware from your devices. 

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