The presence of internet has made online accounts, servers and computer devices prone to hack. In fact, this has been the order of the 21st century. The saddening news is that computers, mobile phones, servers, and others will continue getting hacked whether by using sophisticated coding or by taking advantage of a user’s insecurity. Quite a number of users of digital technology and internet are ignorant of how to secure information, by this, laying important information to a hacker’s waiting arms. You can help yourself out of being on a hacker’s target list by knowing what you do and understanding the consequences of whatever action you take on the internet. Below are some things computer and internet users do that make them vulnerable to hack:
1. Weak password
Most online accounts are protected using passwords. Users gets lazy choosing a secured password for their online accounts. They choose simple and common password because they fear they will forget their password. When choosing a password, don’t opt in for the simple ones and don’t be scared that you’d forget; tweak it with random numbers and/or symbols. It is your duty to put to heart whichever password you choose, because your online account password is like password to your life; you secure it well, you keep living; you choose obvious passwords, people hack your life.
2. Two-step authentication
You should know that there exists computer software that can guess your password no matter how secure you make it. To further be secured, use two-step authentication. This requires users to confirm their ownership to an account using email verification or text message after you’ve entered your password.
3. Open Wi-Fi network
Wi-Fi is widely used by hackers to launch DoS (denial of service) attack. In fact hackers can create a wireless network for people to freely connect to. Connecting your phone or pc to open Wi-Fi exposes you to hackers who gain entry to whatever you are doing on the web. To avoid this, never access non-disposable information like email, bank account, etc. with a free Wi-Fi network.
4. Entering private data on unsecured websites
Supplying you credit card information on an unsecured websites can makes you a potential hack target. This unsecured websites are piece of cake for hackers to pull sensitive information from, so you don’t want to go near such websites. Companies that are serious with using online credit card payment method for paying for goods purchased secures their website and usually have a green lock to the left of the URL. You should endeavour to online enter sensitive information only on secured websites to avoid being a potential hack target.
5. Sketchy purchases
You should use a middleman service like PayPal when doing online purchases and transactions. This secures your personal information from getting exposed to websites that you are not sure of their security and legitimacy.
6. Clicking on random links
Phishing is one of the hackers’ tools to steal user information. They conceal their identity as a trustworthy entity and entice you with irresistible adverts. This is usually done via emails telling you to follow a link to an advert or asking you to change your password all in the name of stealing your supposedly secured information. When you see any links, probably when you are surfing the internet or checking your emails, be sure to ascertain how trustworthy these links are.
7. Same password
When a user needs to choose a complex password, such takes time to do so and when it is required to choose another one for another purpose, the user says, “Since they are different platforms, I can use the same password.” This is what most people do. They use the same password on different platforms. This is bad because once a hacker sees the hole of opportunity to get you password on one platform, he can use it to access all of your accounts on different platforms. A way to avoid this is by tweaking your password. Do not use the same password on different websites.
8. Being human
In this present age, hacking is illegal. But don’t be fooled that it doesn’t happen. There are lots of variety of information out there that are liable to hack because the owners have the mindset that the act is illegal. Do not leaves unblocked holes to your personal information – no matter how small it is – because you think you can secure them all.