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How to Keep Yourself From Getting Hacked

It’s so easy to get hacked these days. In fact, most people don’t even know they have been hacked. Being hacked can lead to serious consequences. It is very possible that you could compromise your financial security by not taking the necessary precautions to protect you personal information on the Internet.

Cyber crimes are quickly becoming the most common type of crime. Moreover, it can be very hard to track down a cyber criminal. You can avoid the frustration of being hacked by taking a few simple steps to protect your data.

Secure your Wi-Fi

Most people browse the Internet through Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, most Wi-Fi servers are easy to hack. If you use wireless Internet in your home, make sure you use at least a security code of WPA-2 or higher. Additionally make the password something more than six characters long and incorporate a mix of letters, numbers and symbols.

If you are browsing the Internet through a public connection, take extra care not to access sites that contain delicate information. If it is possible use your own dedicated server to browse the Internet.

Use different passwords for everything

Most people use the same password for every account they own. Therefore, if someone gains access to one password, he will likely try that same password for your other accounts. For example, if someone knows your Facebook password, he may try that same password to access your online bank account.

Create a strong email password

Unfortunately, if someone gains access to your email password, it is very easy for him to gain access to your other passwords since most sites can reset a password and send the new one to you through email. This can be very dangerous. Don’t ever make it easy for someone to hack your email accounts. Your email password should be very long (10-15 characters) and contain a mix of numbers, symbols, and letters.

Don’t download from shady sources

Don’t download free virus scanners, unless they come from a trusted source. Many of these types of downloads contain malware and key-loggers that can capture your keystrokes. If a product seems like it is a fake product, it probably is. Additionally, many sites will make the same program available for download. Only download from the manufacturer’s site. Many download sites, like mediafire, allow for anyone to throw up a program and make it available for download. Therefore, even if you think a program is safe, only download from a trusted source.

Hopefully, these tips will keep your information safe from hackers. Never take your actions on the Internet lightly. There are people out there with the worst intentions, and they will do anything they can to sabotage your data.