9 Ways You Are Helping Hackers Steal Your Information Online

Written by Jonathan Hunt

29 May, 2019

  1. Use passwords that are short and easy to guess
  2. Use the same, boring password for everything
  3. Write down your password on a yellow Post-It note and stick it on your computer screen/desk
  4. Do your banking using free Wi-Fi from a coffeeshop, restaurant or on the bus
  5. Install loads of games and pointless apps on your mobile phone
  6. Never bother running antivirus scans or things like that
  7. Just press ‘Ignore’ or ‘Postpone’ every time yourcomputer/phone tells you there are updates
  8. Don’t worry about backing anything up
  9. Open any unexpected attachments, click links in emails without checking that they’re legitimate and wildly click Yes or Accept on everything and anything

Bonus tip: Download lots of  free stuff:“ games, apps, music, whatever you can lay your hands on – it’s free!

Alternatively, you could do the opposite and remain safe (which is what we recommend, by the way):

  • Strong passwords (or better still, pass phrases rather than just a word) have 10+ characters, mix of letters, numerals &characters and are never used twice, never shared with other people and never written down within easy reach
  • Get a data bundle for your phone rather than using free public Wi-Fi (and don’t ever use free Wi-Fi for banking!)
  • Keep the apps & games on your phone to a bare minimum, and read the permissions very carefully before saying yes to install
  • Every device you own should have antivirus software installed on it, and run regular scans (daily if possible)
  • Make sure the operating systems (Windows, iOS,Android etc) on your phone and your laptop are all up to date
  • Do regular backups of your most valuable information
  • Trust but verify. Don’t open unexpected attachments, check the links in emails by hovering over them and make sure thefinal .com or .uk points to the right address*

Bonus tip: A lot of  free stuff is booby trapped with viruses and Trojans, and often also break copyright laws.

How to spot a fake:

You have to read web addresses backwards. Let’s use this  example :hsbc.com-banking.security.ru/secure_my_account*

The / is what separates the main website address from the individual pages. Ignore everything to the right of the / then look at whatcomes directly to the left, in this example it’s security.ru in other words, a website called a security and it’s in Russia!

For more help on staying safe online for you and your staff, book a cyber security session with our in-house DPO, Christoan Smit.