Internet! A wide source of information for everything. The information could be private or public and not everyone want their personal information get exposed. But everyday it is getting exposed, everyday data breach is occurred and the information gets leaked. I am not saying that this guide will avoid being getting hacked 100%, but with the help of this guide you can enhance your online security drastically. It is necessary for every online user to be aware about the points which I am going to cover in this guide.
Let’s start with the guide and get avoid being hacked with these cool tips.
How To Stay Safe Online
Check; if your account is being compromised in online data breach
If you want to check that your account has been compromised and your personal account information had leaked online than you can check it at have I been pwned. If you found, that your information is been compromised in an online leak than immediately change your username, password. You can also set the notification alert via Notify Me option, Notify Me will notify you whenever your account has been in the list of the breached list.
Choose Strong Password
Don’t be too lazy for choosing strong passwords. A weak password can be easily cracked with the attacks like brute-force attack, dictionary attack. Always choose password that includes combination of
- Block letters
- Small letters
- Special characters
- Minimum length of 12
Recently there was a news surfing on the web that the owner of the largest social network Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg had also used the weak and same password which was “dadada” for his LinkedIn, Pinterest and the twitter account. From this I would like to add that never use the single password for more than one account. Mostly websites auto-check your passwords for the above listed points except length may differ. You can check your password strength online from here. Always try to remember all the passwords in your mind, rather than storing it somewhere. If you cannot remember than store it in password holder like 1password. It comes with great functionality and important features.
Be aware of Email Spam
Email I one of the best communication platform but it could also lead to the major attack. Always check the email sender and if you think it is not intended for you than do not click any links from that email. Because it could be an attack like phishing or it might lead you to the malicious website which could ask you to update the personal information and much more. To avoid this, know the actual source of the email if you suspect the email is fraud. Avoid clicking on links. Here is a good piece of article on How To Find & Trace Email Sender IP Address
Check For Valid Links Before You Click
Check the links first, if you are tempted to click on the links because unknown mails or messages can have malicious links of phishing or to fulfill their malicious task. If anyhow you are going to click than check it first because precaution is always better than cure. You can check by opening a link in new browser and know where this link is redirecting you or you can prefer the easy and helpful way of checking links online.
Always Look For Padlock And https://
When you are dealing with online banking services, shopping, email, exchange of personal information than always make sure the site URL starts with https:// and it has padlock (Its located on the address bar itself). Avoid updating personal information or register on site which lacks padlock or https:// protocol. https:// transfer your information in encrypted form and securely over the network.
Always Stay Updated
Always update your software, application, etc with latest updates because updates contain patches to bugs, release of security updates, fixed vulnerabilities. Because un-updated software are vulnerable to hacking and it could be a loss to you.
Always Use Anti-Virus, Anti-Spywares & Firewall
Anti-Virus software keeps your PC safe from viruses and firewall blocks the unauthorized and malicious access performed on your PC. Anti-spyware will look for malicious software like keyloggers, trojans which spy on your computer.
Other Points To Know And Remember
- Always use two-factor authentication for your accounts
- Do not exchange personal information over public wifi
- Have a habit of typing web address manually (Helps avoid phishing attacks)
- Avoid using public charging points
- Always use encrypted messaging apps (such as WhatsApp, iMessage, Telegram, Signal)
- Avoid sharing personal information on social networks
Here, this guide could help enhance your online safety and avoid being hacked. I know there is many more other ways, if you know or find the one to stay safe online than please specify in comment. If this guide helped you than do share with your friends and others. Keep sharing. Stay tuned to Tech Tunes.