How to Protect Your Online Life From Hackers

When the World Wide Web first came to life in the 1990s, it opened new possibilities however, it also brought a new set of threats. Spam affected emails and computer viruses wreaked chaos on corporate networks and hacking was a huge issue. Hackers can take your personal information and even take control of your credit or online banking account, and then sell it on the dark web.

Your online existence is more complicated than ever. You’re using a smartphone, shop online, make purchases online, access Facebook and even your IoT devices and internet-connected appliances monitor and track your activities. All of this information is available to hackers, whether they’re part of an organized crime organization or a lone idealist with an agenda to influence the political scene.

Create strong passwords for your online accounts. Use a password manager to manage them. Consider using two-step authentication. This provides an additional layer of security, requiring you to enter a code received via phone or email in addition to your login password. Encrypt your hard drive so that hackers cannot access your data, even if you do manage to gain control of your device or computer. Also, be sure to disable ‘run as administrator’ on your PCs, don’t root or jailbreak your phones, and shut down your computer instead of running all day long (all-time running can affect your device’s performance and opens the way to cyberattacks). With the right software tools for malware screening removal, uninstalling, and data encryption will reduce the risk of being a victim.

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