How to Protect Your Online Life From Hackers

In the 1990s the World Wide Web was born in the 1990s, opening up a new world of possibilities as well as threats. Spam affected emails, computer viruses caused destruction to corporate networks, and hacking was a significant problem. Hackers are able to steal your personal information, take over your online bank or credit account, and then sell it on the dark internet.

Your online life has become more complex than ever before. You’re using a smartphone, you buy online and make payments online, you’re using Facebook, and even your connected home appliances and IoT devices are tracking and report on your activities. Hackers can gain access to all the information, regardless of whether they are an element of a criminal organization or an individual with an agenda of political inclination.

To guard against hackers, make strong passwords for each of your online accounts. Also, make use of a password manager that is secure to keep on top of your passwords. Consider the use of two-step authentication, which adds an extra layer of security by making you enter a code sent to your phone or email address in addition to entering your password when you sign in. Secure your hard drive, so that hackers cannot gain access to your data even if you are able to gain control of your mobile device or computer. Also, be sure to disable ‘run as administrator’ on your computers, don’t jailbreak or root your mobile devices, and close your computer instead of running all day (all-time running slows down your device’s performance and opens it up to cyberattacks). With the right software tools for malware detection as well as uninstalling and data encryption will reduce the risk of being a victim.


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