How to Protect Your Online Life From Hackers

In the late 1990s, the World Wide Web was born, bringing with it the promise of a new era of possibilities and dangers. Spam was able to infiltrate email accounts, computer viruses wreaked destruction on company networks and hacking became a concern. Hackers could steal your personal data and even take over your online bank or credit account, and even sell your personal information on the dark web for a large amount of money.

Today, your online existence is more complex than ever. You’re on a smartphone, you shop online and transfer money online, you’re using Facebook, and even your home appliances connected to the internet and IoT devices are monitoring and recording your activities. All of this information is available to hackers whether they’re part of an organized crime group or a lone individual with an agenda of political inclination.

To guard against hackers, create strong passwords on each of your accounts online and use a secure password manager to keep on top of your passwords. Consider using two-step authentication. This adds an extra layer of security by having you enter a code sent to your phone or email address, in addition to your password when you sign into. Secure your hard drive to make it harder for hackers to gain access to your private data even if they manage to gain control of your device or computer. Also, make sure to disable “run as administrator” on your computer, don’t jailbreak or root your phones and shut down your computer instead of running all day (all-time running will impede your device’s performance and opens the door to cyberattacks). You can lower your risk by using right software for malware scanning deinstalling, data encryption and uninstalling.






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