|Posted on March 6, 2014 at 7:10 AM|
10 Tips on how to protect yourself from being hacked
This modern day question has crossed almost everybody who’s dealing with Internet in a daily basis. It has become a habit that nearly every 3rd person, who has an email account or other kind of account online has been hacked at some point in their life. The question is how do you know that you’ve been hacked?
Well I found out when one of my emails was hacked. The hacker used my email account and opened a donations account asking people for money impersonating me, using my pictures from my FB account. I found out about it when one of my family members asked me if I was asking for money online. You could imagine my shock in discovering I was hacked in my email and FB account. The thing was I downloaded a free eBook report about how to make money online and when I entered my email and name the hacker guessed my password (my birth day). He then went to FB and since my pictures were available for public he simply copied the picture of me and my kid on to his computer and then uploaded it to the other account.
When you look at it it’s quite simple and easy to do. But when I found out about it I immediately canceled and reported my email to Google that it was hacked, I notified the website where the hacker opened the account about what happened and that I did not open an account with them, and at the end I changed all my privacy at FB to extremely private. Only my best friends can see what I post. If you search on FB for me you can’t find me, unless I give you my link personally.
When I heard that SFI has been under attack by hackers, I got goose bumps over my spine and I understood why the precautions, but that are just their precautions what about yours? There is so much you can do to protect your self, and I’m going to share 10 tips on how to protect your self from being hacked.
1. Never give out your IP address. Your IP address is linked directly to your personal information, such as name, address,and phone and if someone is asking for your IP address you need to think 3 times before you decide to give that information to anyone. Some quick fix viral software programs that offer one time free clean up will just do that ask for your IP address but beware they are hackers trying to get your personal information and abuse it.
2. Don’t download files from unknown sources. Even if the file is located at a thrust worthy site it doesn’t mean that the person, who uploaded it, is as well thrust worthy. Sometimes hackers hide Trojan horses inside those files and your anti virus software can’t detect it. Once they’re in they can do anything.
3. Secure your Wi-Fi network if you have it. If you have the front door open, you’re making it very easy for robbers to enter. You’re basically saying ‘’Come right in!’’ The same is with hackers. Don’t leave your Wi-Fi unprotected, use a password. A mixture of letters (uppercases and lowercases), numbers and signs, also change your password frequently. Don’t use names you know or can be associated with nor dates, learn from my mistake for using my own birth date as a password.
4. Before you close your web browser or switch from one website to another always log off first. You think that by closing the browser you’re automatically logged off, you’re wrong. So protect yourself from being hacked, always log off before you leave the site you’re watching.
5. Every password you create should be a mixture of letters, signs and numbers to prevent hacking possibilities. Some sites also have a rule your password needs to be at leas 8 characters long, I say 9 to 10 is better. Also mix uppercase and lowercase letters and add signs like # ! % $ € , _ etc. I know remembering all of those passwords would be null, so make a list and keep them in a place only you know and see, never leave it on a computer. When you’re writing that list code it, so only you’ll be able to read it.
6. Never use the same passwords or ID’s for more than one website and also never use the same security question. Every account needs to have a separate logging detail to prevent hacking.
7. Clear all your history after browsing. When you’ve done with surfing the net hit the ‘’clear history’’ button because while you surf cookies are being stored onto your computer and hacker often implant them to gather information (usually your surfing habits). If you delete your browsing history or don’t allow cookies when a site asks you about it you protect your self from being hacked.
8. Never click on a link or open an attachment if you don’t know the sender. This applies mostly to emails. Google and other email providers have a feature that sends unwanted email to spam folder, these are mostly mails from people who are not in your address book or that have more than two URL’s attached to it. But there are also some emails that will end up in your received folder and this is why you need to check who the sender is before you open that email. You can get a virus to your computer only by opening the email. Be careful with your mail.
10. When you’re signing into a program always use a separate email account, never list your personal email. This is because you’ll get lots of emails from their advertising campaigns and hackers love to hide between the floods of emails they sent you. They access to your mailing list and this way you protect yourself and your family and friends.
For conclusion I’m simply going to state that you can learn how to hack into someone’s account just by watching films about hacking. You see, producers use real hackers to teach the writers how it’s done in real life and they use it on screen. Even a complete dummy can become a good hacker. So be careful and use the tips listed above and you’ll be better protected while working online.