Digital data hacking is becoming a new trend. Many people fall for scams resulting in their data held hostage until the hacker's demands are met. While there may be no way to protect yourself from all forms of hack attacks, preventive measures can be taken. So here are 7 tips that will help you from getting hacked.
1. Use An Antivirus
Using a free Antivirus is better than not using one at all. Many free Antivirus programs can block threats from websites and emails. Avast is free, has a great user interface, and won't slow down your PC.
2. Secure Your Internet Connection
Most people forget to change the default router credentials from admin and password leaving themselves vulnerable to attacks. It won't be difficult for a hacker to try that combination first. Change your router password and don't forget to change your default Wi-Fi password too.
3. Password Protect Your System Login
The more passwords you have, the more difficult it is to get into your system. Having a password protected system prevents people from physically accessing your computer. It also makes it much more difficult for hackers to remotely hack into it.
4. Use Different Strong Passwords
Using the same password everywhere just because it's convenient is a guaranteed way to get hacked. Make sure you use different passwords for different websites and services. Don't create passwords associate with personal information such as date of birth and names. Use a password generator if you have to. Check out Norton's password generator web page. Chrome has a handy plugin Click&Clean which can generate passwords. Just select the Chrome tab and click the Generate Passwords button.
5. Don't Click On Suspicious Links
Links can be found on websites, download sites, emails, and in chat messages. Many can contain phishing scams, malware, worms, trojans, and viruses. Before visiting that link, make sure that the website name matches the actual link. On your desktop, hover over a link to view the path in the bottom left corner. Many phones and apps allow you to copy a link that can be pasted in a text editor. Remember, if it looks suspicious, don't click it.
6. Backup Important Information
Malicious software known as "Ransomware" can hold your data hostage until you pay a fee. Always backup important information on external media. Whether it's personal photos, business documents, or website files, back it up. If you ever find yourself in a data hostage situation, you will always have access to your important data without meeting any of the hacker's demands.
7. Encrypt Sensitive Data
If you keep sensitive data on your computer like Social Security Number, medical records, financial documents, or confidential business data, encrypt it. This will restrict access to those files if that data ends up in the wrong hands. Use this rule of thumb: if you don't want others to see it, encrypt it.