How to Protect Your Online Life From Hackers

October, 18 2023

In the 90s, the World Wide Web was born in the 1990s, opening up a new world of possibilities as well as threats. Spam infiltrated email accounts, computer viruses wreaked havoc on company networks and hacking became a major issue. Hackers can steal your personal information or even take over your credit or online banking account, and sell it on the dark internet.

Your online life is more complex than ever. You’re using your smartphone to shop online, make purchases online, log onto Facebook and even your IoT devices and internet-connected appliances track and track your activities. Hackers can gain access to all these data, regardless of whether they’re part of a criminal gang or an individual with an agenda for political gain.

Create strong passwords for all of your online accounts. Make use of a password manager to manage the passwords. Consider using two-step authentication. This provides an additional layer of security, which requires you to enter a code received via email or telephone in addition to your login password. Encrypt your hard drive to make it more difficult for hackers to gain access into your private information, even if they do gain control of your mobile or computer. Also, make sure to disable “run as administrator” on your PCs, don’t root or jailbreak your phones, and shut down your computer instead of leaving it running all day (all-time running slows down your device’s performance and opens the way to cyberattacks). You can reduce your risk by using appropriate software for malware scanning removal, uninstalling and data encryption.

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