How to Protect Your Online Life From Hackers

In the 1990s, the World Wide Web was born, bringing with it an entirely new set of possibilities and threats. Spam infiltrated emails and computer viruses caused destruction to corporate networks, and hacking was a significant issue. Hackers can steal your personal information and take over your online credit or bank account, and sell your personal information on the dark web for lots of money.

Your online life is more complicated than ever. You use a smartphone, shop online, make purchases online, make use of Facebook and even your IoT devices and internet-connected appliances monitor and report on your activities. All of this information is accessible to hackers, whether they’re part of an organized crime group or just a random individual with an agenda to influence the political scene.

To protect against hackers, create strong passwords for each of your online accounts. Also, use a secure password manager to keep the track of them. Consider using two-step authentication. This adds a second layer of security that requires you to enter a code received via phone or email in addition to your login password. Secure your hard drive to make it harder for hackers to gain access to your personal data even if they gain control of your device or computer. Also be sure to disable “run as administrator” on your computers, do not jailbreak or root your mobile devices and close your computer instead of leaving it running all day (all-time running ruins your device 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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