How to stay safe online: 15 Golden Rules to avoid being hacked

The internet is a staple in many people’s everyday lives. It is a great place full of wonderful information, but it is also full of many dangers. Every month or so there is a new hack that affects millions of online users. Last year it was the TalkTalk hack. this year, the LinkedIn leak.But by using the following strategies you can drastically improve your online security

1 Choose strong passwords

Passwords are like the key to your online world – only the person with the key can access them. When pick a password, make sure you choose one that is unique, strong, and not easily guessed by strangers or those close to you. Choose a password that uses letters, numbers, lowercase, uppercase, and special characters.

 

And never ever use the same password for different accounts. That will mean
when people can get into one of your accounts, they can access
everything.

Once you’ve set up a secure set of account logins make sure you don’t share your passwords with anyone.

2 Check if you’ve been hacked

If you’re worried that you might have been hacked or had any of your personal details leaked, then change your usernames and passwords immediately. You can use a service such as have i been pwned to find out if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.

Check if you've been hacked

Enter an email address or username into the search bar and it will tell you if you’ve been a victim.

3 Stay up to date

Make sure that all the softwares that you use in computers, phones and tablets and other device are the latest version. Software updates generally include improved security settings and patches that fix vulnerabilities.

You can enable automatic updates on your devices to make sure you receive the updates as soon as they’re available.

4 Check before you download

Make sure you’re downloading the official version, check what  permissions it’s asking for access to (look for apps permissions in Settings), check an apps’ rating in the iOS or Google Play story.

5 Use an anti-virus program, an anti-spyware program, and a firewall

Surfing the internet without these things is unsafe and invites spam, hackers,

and viruses onto your computer. Make sure to keep them updated to catch the latest threats.

6 Keep it private

Check the privacy settings on all of your social media accounts like Facebook, Google+ and twitter, so that only the people you want to share your information with can see it. You can restrict what others see about you in the Setting section of your account.

For example, you can make your posts private on Facebook, and restrict what Google can know about you.

7 If in doubt, block

Just say no to social media invitations (such as Facebook-friend or LinkedIn connection requests) from people you don’t know. It’s the cyber equivalent of inviting the twitchy guy who looks at you at the bus stop into your home.

8 Look for the ‘https://’

When using secure online services, such as email, online shopping or
banking, and social media, always make sure there is a padlock symbol in
front of the URL, and that the web url begins “https://” before you
log in or register. Websites must pass certain security tests to be
accredited with the padlock, and the ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.

9 Watch what Wi-Fi you connect to

Make sure your home WiFi is protected with a strong password that only you and your family know. Change your router’s default settings. Never ever use a hotspot that may be unsecured, especially when what you’re doing is personal or private.

10 Beware of public mobile charging points

Incidents like hacking into a smartphone that is charged via USB in a public place, such as an airport, cafe or on public transport are reported. To avoid being a victim, only plug your phone into trusted computers when using a USB cable.

11 Use encrypted messaging apps

Use End-to-end encrypted messaging apps always, such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Telegram that protect your privacy by masking the contents of your messages from would-be eavesdroppers.

12 Think before you click

Never open or forward a suspicious looking email, or respond to a social media message from someone you don’t know. Watch out for phishing emails and text messages that ask you to log in or provide bank details.

13 Type out web addresses

If you’re asked to log into an account or provide payment
details, type out the URL yourself and go directly to the legitimate
site to make sure that you’re not on a fake site that’s designed to look
like the official one.

14 Be a Good Online Citizen.

What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.

15 Log off, log out

Always make sure you log out of your accounts when you’ve finished
with them and log off a computer when you’ve finished using it.

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