Hacking and theft are threats by users of computers, smartphones and other gadgets that are connected to the internet. The victims were indiscriminate, ranging from ordinary people to famous corporate levels.
However, that does not mean we do not surrender. Here, some easy tips to protect personal information from hackers.
1. Use a varied password
It is rather difficult to remember different passwords when you want to access the internet or a computer. Maybe you already have a good password and it’s hard for hackers to guess.
A long password consisting of numbers, symbols, and capital letters is indeed more secure and difficult to guess. Unfortunately, even if the password is very complex, hackers will still be able to get it if you are a victim of data leakage.
If you use the same password for online banks, social media accounts, and other sites, the hacker will use that password to access your personal information.
To prevent this, use difficult passwords and ideally vary on each site that is accessed.
You can download password management applications such as Lastpass or Dashlane. With this service, you only need one password to access it.
The password manager can save your passwords for different sites. Some services even have a feature that can create a password for you.
2. Backup files
Don’t worry, file backups have become easier now. In the past, you had to use DVDs to save files from your computer, in case the computer was damaged.
Now there are many ways to backup files. You can use paid services that automatically back up files. This method is ideal if you often make documents that contain sensitive information or are old and difficult to create.
You can also use an external hard-drive or use a cloud-based site to store files. You can even set your cell phone to automatically save every photo you take can be directly saved to the cloud.
3. Limit information sharing
We live in a time when people often share too much personal information. Well, you should limit the information that you share on the internet.
Think repeatedly if you click the ‘allow access’ button on the application on your cellphone, computer or internet service. And, never write personal addresses or other personal information on social media.
4. Routine software updates
Often there are suggestions for updating software from Microsoft, Google, and other services that you use. The good, follow the advice.
By updating software, your device will fix software deficiencies in previous versions. Software updates can also close loopholes for hackers to gain access to your device.
Make sure you only receive security updates from companies that you can trust. You can also check the operating system used to ensure that you have the latest version.
5. Install anti-virus
Your computer is not completely safe without an anti-virus program. Anti-virus programs automatically detect, search for and eradicate viruses. You can download free anti-virus to secure your personal information.
Simple enough right? Don’t forget to try it.