In recent times, many organizations and personalities have fallen prey to cyber-attacks. The people behind these attacks get hold of the victims’ personal information in exchange for huge amounts of money.
We usually see the work of hackers in movies and those things really happen, from hacking smartphones to bringing larger corporations to their knees. It happens because we give up exactly what the hackers need to ply their trade.
So here are the top five things you can do secure yourself and your business online according to hackers and online security experts.
1. Use two-factor authentication where you can
Social media now has this feature. Two-factor authentication is a security measure that let people protect their accounts in two layers of security thus requires not only a password and username but also something that only, and only, that user has on them. For instance, if you log in to your Facebook account by username and password, another page will ask for a security code sent to your phone. You can find this feature under “security and login” in your settings.
2. Don’t use the same password everywhere
This is kinda hard but it’s a must. Having the same password everywhere from your bank account to your social media platforms isn’t advisable. A simple guess can give out everything to a hacker. That brings us to choosing a password. A strong password must contain at least eight characters, lower and upper case letter, numbers and sometimes, symbols. Date of birth or anything related to dates is a NO NO.
3. Update the software on your computer or smartphones
Anytime that “annoying” notification pops up and says you have to update your computer, it means some vulnerabilities have been detected. Ignoring it only leaves a gateway in your system for hackers to access your device.
4. Be extra careful how much information you put online
What you do on a daily basis are just enough for a hacker to pry on you. For example, a hacker can take advantage of your “expecting a package from soon from [whatever country]” post to harm you. They’ll just pretend to be anybody related to your package to get the information you won’t willingly give out on a normal day.
5. Be careful when sharing personal information online
Your banking information, your MoMo pin and other vitals are what hackers depend on to rip unsuspecting people off. No one from your service providers will call you over the phone and ask for such information. That information is meant for you and you alone.