Protect yourself from cyber-attacks (1/2)

By Drum Digital
03 November 2014

Statistics show that for seven out of 10 people who get hacked indirectly gave the hacker their password.

Every six seconds a personal computer is hacked.

Statistics show that for seven out of 10 people who get hacked indirectly gave the hacker their password.

It’s important to educate yourself so that you don’t fall victim.

Here are 10 ways to protect yourself from a cyber-security attack:

Keep your personal information private

On social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, for example, don’t post the names of your family since these same names may act as your answers to your secret questions or even as passwords to your accounts.

Also, don’t post what grammar, middle school or high school you attended, where you work or where you were born. These are often answers to secret questions if you ever forget your password and have to reset it.

Have several email accounts

Use different email addresses for your social media, banking, financial services, credit card, shopping and children’s accounts.

Shop smarter online

As a rule of thumb, buy prepaid or gift cards to shop online. If your account is hacked, the thieves will not have access to your real credit card information.

Protect your passwords

Password protect your cell phone. If it is ever lost or stolen, a criminal can easily access all of your personal data. They can even retrieve all of the deleted information from your SIM card, which may have usernames and passwords previously typed. Here are some quick rules regarding passwords:

* Use different passwords with each one of your websites and add characters like “!, -, @, +,/,?”.

* Instead of using a password like “German”, make your password a phrase like “I-Speak-German” or “ILoveGerman!”

Turn off your computer when not in use

If your computer is off, no one can hack your personal computer.

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