Although the technological advancements have made life easier for us, they’ve also pushed the privacy to the danger zone. While online, you are at a great risk of being hacked and your privacy is at stake. Today! We’ve come up with some good tips that will not only help you in reducing further hack attacks on your system, but will also reduce the vulnerability of your system. Here are Top 10 Tips To Avoid Hack Attacks.
10. Have A Unique Password For Everything:
If you have accounts at more than one social networking websites or sites like MSN, then don’t use the same password for every account. It is highly important for the people who are running online businesses especially, the bloggers. This is because if your password, which is the same for every account you hold, is hacked then you’re going to lose everything in a flash; from your business to the whole confidential or private data.
9. Keep ‘Remember Me’ Option, Unchecked:
While logging in to sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Msn etc, make sure that the ‘Remember Me’ and ‘Save Password’ boxes are unchecked. This precaution should especially be taken when you are using a public computer such as an internet cafe’s computer or a system at your college or university. The box, if remained checked, saves your login details and passwords to the system you are using. So another precaution is to delete cookies before leaving the system. This option is available in the browser as can be seen in the following screen shots.
8. Don’t Stick To The Same Password:
Once you set a password, just don’t stick to it for a long time. Keep changing your password frequently. This provides your account and data with further security and leaves you at a lesser chance of being hacked.
7. Never Fill In The Fake Login Screens:
Phishing’ is a very common and basic thing that hackers practice. Hackers create duplicates login screens and if you login to any such FAKE MSN, Facebook or any other screen, you are actually handing them over your email and password. Be certain that if you are already logged in to any place such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon etc, you will never be asked for logging in again. So if you see any such login windows, just ignore them; they are Hackers.
6. Don’t Spoon-feed The Hackers:
Your password policy should be of high standard. Keeping your name as the password or having a password like ‘12345′ is a very bad idea. It takes less than a minute for hackers to break such passwords and having all your data. Try using an alphanumeric password that contains various symbols as well. Having a password like ‘*T%^w1i$t3te@r&’, is recommended and is quite safe.
5. Use Firewall:
If you are using a genuine Windows, then it surely has a windows firewall. All you have to do is to turn it on and it’ll work without your notice. It is a gate between your PC and the outer online world; it stops anything, that can be harmful, to enter your system.
4. Avoid Opening Spam Emails:
Never open any spam email, i.e. emails from the sources you don’t trust and emails you don’t need. Hackers usually post infected links in such emails and even opening such emails can provide them a gateway to enter your system.
3. Visit Only The Trusted Websites:
Any good quality and paid antivirus keeps your system secure, while you’re online. It only allows access to the trusted websites by warning you, every time you try to visit an un-trusted domain. The hackers are mostly deployed with porn websites so avoiding access to such morally degraded websites can reduce your risk of being hacked to a reasonable extent.
2. Use Macintosh OS:
If you are a Windows user and are fed up of being hacked repeatedly, then all you have to do is to switch to Macintosh OS immediately. Macintosh happens to be the only operating system that is safe from hack attacks. So using it provides you with a better security of data and, obviously, the system.
1. Use Anti-Malware Programs:
Malware is, basically, a virus that is deployed by the hackers themselves. It can’t transfer data from your system like spywares do. It attacks the functionality of your system by halting the programs/software applications and/or making them malfunction. This directly affects the efficiency of the computer system.
Last but not least, it is better to keep a laptop or a handy tablet with you all the time. Public computer are mostly infected with key-loggers and once you login, your password is gone for sure. So, better use your PC/laptop/tablet or wait for the time you get home.