So you found that weird link in your email, clicked it and lost important critical information in the process. That’s how hackers work; they can be so smart. And it happens everywhere; Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and every other online platform.
When you’re hacked, it feels personal, unsettling and inconveniencing. So why not just say enough is enough and tighten up your security so you don’t have to suffer hacks again.
This is probably the most underrated advice out there; and yet it’s probably the most important. When you have a password, someone has to go past it before they can access your system. Ensure that your passwords are unique and secure. It should contain letters, numbers, and symbols. Fortunately, most applications will now tell you whether or not your password is strong enough. Passwords can effectively prevent brute force attacks. Even the most seasoned hacker will take quite some time to decrypt a secure password increasing your chances of catching them in the act.
Use firmware passwords
Firmware password features enable you to lock down options forcing any user to enter a password before they can perform certain firmware tasks such as booting the system and resetting PRAM. The latest Apple firmware feature on Mac enables you to lock down options to start the Mac from an alternative disk and you can even disable Single User Modes. This way, one cannot bypass Mac’s OS X security features when starting the system. This, coupled with Apple’s full-disk encryption (File Vault) makes Apples latest systems very difficult to manipulate.
Back up your data
You can back up on an external drive or use an online service. Both options have strengths and weaknesses. For example, hard-drives can be stolen from you and they are also bound to die at some point in time so you’ll lose the data all the same. But then if you can keep them safe, you can always transfer the data from one disk to another so you have somewhere to turn to if you’re hacked. Online storage is great but they’ve been hacked in the past. Nonetheless, some of them are very reliable; you just have to choose well.
Don’t let others close to your system
You never know when a hacker is sitting in front of you, so the best only way out is to treat everyone with caution. If you let a hacker close to your system, you’re already hacked! Professional hackers can even read finger movements. Always keep your computer close to you and ensure it is secure. You can’t give away passwords to anybody even if you think you should trust them. Sometimes if they don’t know about it, they can’t hack it.
Change a few behaviors
Remember the old days, maybe 10 or 15 years ago when there was no social media and very little to do with online activity. The truth is that the more you put information online, the more likely you are to be hacked. Birth dates, graduation years and similar information can easily be used to access your information. While you can’t avoid putting them online, you have to limit places where you reveal such information.
If possible, you should actually consider deleting all accounts for services you don’t actively use. Many times you can be hacked just because you let out critical information cheaply.