One of the best ways to boost your cybersecurity is to focus on the exact strategies hackers use to steal data.
To help you get a leg up on those pesky criminal attackers, we’ve got you covered with a list of hacker-proof tips.
Here are five ways you can fight back against cybercriminals:
Choose passcodes over passwords.
Passwords are all well and good until your data is compromised. To protect your information, try to use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters as a passcode or passphrase.
Say you’re paying homage to a dog named Bailey. Rather than making your passcode the easily-hackable bailey123, you might try B@ai1y!!! to stay secure. You can also use a password manager that generates (and saves) random, complex passphrases.
Side note: To err on the side of caution, you’ll want to create unique passcodes for your financial accounts.
Religiously update your browsers.
Did you know that more and more cyberattacks take place via “drive-by download”?
This is a strategy where you visit a seemingly harmless website—only in the background, you’re unknowingly browsing other sites that send an attack your way.
To prevent this, you’ll have to diligently install every browser update that’s available to you. You can also make a point of using a browser like Firefox, which automatically installs updates for you.
Turn Bluetooth off when you’re not using it.
Just as garlic allegedly wards off vampires, turning off Bluetooth can keep hackers at bay.
Here’s the thing: If you’re using a hands-free device and keep the Bluetooth function enabled at all times, hackers can quite seamlessly connect to your phone, mess around, and steal your data.
Fortunately, the solution is simple. Just turn off Bluetooth when you’re done using it!
For an added layer of protection, you can turn off your visibility and require a security code each time you pair with a new Bluetooth device.
Make sure your router uses WPA2 encryption.
That older router you’re using? It might not be doing you any favors.
This is because many older routers use Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption, which can be cracked by using a specific type of software.
Using Wifi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) encryption—or at the very least, WPA encryption—can help. Make sure you’re using the most secure type of encryption by clicking your device’s wireless network icon.
Another tip: Always, always change your router’s preprogrammed Wifi password.
Avoid saving your financial info when you make online purchases.
You know how even big brands get hacked from time to time?
Until retailers go above and beyond in protecting their data, hackers will continue to sell consumer information—and other criminals will go right ahead and use it.
A simple way to increase your security is to refrain from saving your financial info when you shop online. Aim to check out as a “guest” when possible.
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