9 Ways You Are Helping Hackers Steal Your Information Online
Top 9 ways you are making it easy for hackers:
- Use passwords that are short and easy to guess
- Use the same, boring password for everything
- Write down your password on a yellow Post-It note and stick it on your computer screen/desk
- Do your banking using free Wi-Fi from a coffeeshop, restaurant or on the bus
- Install loads of games and pointless apps on your mobile phone
- Never bother running antivirus scans or things like that
- Just press ‘Ignore’ or ‘Postpone’ every time yourcomputer/phone tells you there are updates
- Don’t worry about backing anything up
- 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.