Some people use their hacking skills to gain access to information that they are able to use to harm others. Information that is taken is your personal information like your social security, address, or credit card numbers. It does not take a lot of information in order to someone to gain access to your entire identity. As long as they have a few key pieces of information then they can pass themselves off as you and ultimately ruin your life. the hackers that do this are out to help only themselves at the cost of anyone that it takes. As long as the information helps them further themselves enough that they are able to go on hacking into the next person’s life.
However, you are able to avoid situations like this by doing some small things that most people do not think about when it comes to helping them save their identity. Below are a few of these steps that can help you to protect yourselves a little more against hackers who are out to harm you and your family.
Turn off the WiFi and Bluetooth on your phone. Keeping on these features allows hackers to have easy access to your phone.
When you keep the WiFi and Bluetooth on all the time, hackers have access to see what networks you have been connected to and be able to create a fake network with the same name so that they are able to trick your phone into connecting to a device because it believes that device is actually the network that you have authorized to have access to your phone.
At the point in time that your phone is now connected to the device of the hacker’s choosing, they are able to gain access to your data that is stored there as well as spy on what information that you put into your phone. Not only that, but they are able to place malware on your phone so that you can never trace the fact that they were in your phone.
Therefore, you should turn your Bluetooth and WiFi off when you are not using it so that you are able to protect your phone just a little bit more.
Another way you can protect yourself is to never use the one password. When you use one password, you make it too easy for yourself to be hacked and they are exposed all the time because of how limited the security is into whatever the hacker wants access to. So, in order to protect yourself, use a two-step authentication so that if your password is entered in wrong, it will then ask you for a second password in order to verify that you are who you say you are.
A lot of social media sites and even email services now are able to offer extra protection. The two-step authentication is essentially a temporary password that gives you access to what a hacker is trying to get into.
When you join sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, or Google, you are asked to enter a code each time you even attempt to log into your account from a new device. This code is sent to whatever email or phone number you have on file for the account. Should you change your email or phone and not change it with your account, you will then not be able to access your account.
Although someone may be able to get a hold of your password, it is highly unlikely that they are going to have access to your phone’s messages as well in order to get the verification code that they need.
For websites that you access containing sensitive information such as your email or your bank account, you should use a passphrase that is both unique and long. An example would be [email protected]@gonBreathsfire.
When you are getting into something that does not contain some of your sensitive data, you can then save your password on the password manager that is on your computer so that you do not have to remember the password.
The most important thing for you to remember is that when you use the password manager, it encrypts any passwords that are stored on your device. Programs such as Password Safe and LastPass will do this for you so that your passwords are still protected.
If you are using one password for everything, it acts like a master password that will unlock everything and once a hacker has access to one password, they will be able to gain access to any website that you have ever gotten on.
It is also a good idea for you to change your passwords more than once a year in order to keep your accounts up to date.
While you are browsing the web, make sure that you are using HTTPS. The program HTTPS Everywhere is a tool that encrypts all the information that is transmitted or received by your browser when you visit multiple websites.
If there is no s at the end of the HTTP in the address bar of the website that you are visiting, then anyone can view what you are currently viewing.
When you are setting up your home WiFi, you need to set it up with a password. Many routers come with a sticker on the side of the box that will give you access to that specific network. Make sure that you change it! Do not stay with the default password because it is entirely too easy to be hacked for someone to be able to gain access to your network.
Also, when the machine asks what kind of security encryption you want, it is best to choose WPA-2.
It is wise to attempt and try and voice WEP and WPA at all costs. The encryptions actually have a flaw that will give up the password to your network within a few seconds.
At the time that your home router is set up, it will ask you if you want to hide the SSID. When you click yes, your WiFi will be hid from others, but it will force your devices to constantly search for the network that they are connected to. Your devices will connect, but in the time that is spent scanning for the network, it will open up your device to connecting to a strange network.
Now days there are devices such as a smart fridge, oven, and even washer and dryer. These devices connect to the internet and give you different options that the original designs don’t.
But, the companies that are putting out these devices are still working out the kinks in them.
While tech companies rush around and just slap WI-FI connectivity on everything, they are skipping the important things such as privacy and safety of their devices users.
An important example of this is when a hacker hijacked a baby monitor and said some very foul mouthed things over the device.
Hacker Stanislav says that even though you are told things are secure with your device, they might not be.
Ultimately, security over your devices is up to you in order to protect yourself and those you love.
Other ways to keep yourself protected are to keep your firewall turned on. Your firewall helps keep hackers out of your computer. Some operating systems already come with a
firewall that you can use or you can purchase a program with a firewall.
Always keep your antivirus software updated. Designed to prevent malicious software from embedding in your computer, antivirus programs help to protect your computer. At any point in time, when the program detects a virus or a worm, it works to remove the threat. Virus’ can gain access to your computer through hackers placing them there in order to spy on you.
Antispyware technology needs to be kept updated as well. Just as it sounds, spyware allows someone to be able to see all activity that is done on a computer. Some spyware actually collects data without your consent and then produces unwanted ads popping up on your web browser.
Outdated operating systems actually make it slightly easier for a hacker to enter your computer. With each new update, the security on a computer gets just a little better due to all the flaws that were found and fixed between updates. Leaving your system without these updates can give a hacker access to your machine.
Hackers can also get into your system through your email. Never open an email that is from someone you do not know. These emails can contain malicious code from hackers who are attempting to gain access to multiple machines in order to get information that they want.
Turn off your computer when you’re not using it. Even though it is easier to just leave your computer up so that it is easily accessed, spyware and virus’ still have access to your computer and still allow hackers to get into your computer without you knowing.