Hack Protection: The Art And Science Of Defending Your Data

What do mobile devices, cloud computing and the rapidly expanding world of web-based applications have in common? They’ve fundamentally changed the way we interact with technology, allowing users to work, play, shop and interact anytime, anywhere. However, the rise of an interconnected, Internet-enabled world has also created new security issues as malicious actors find ways to circumvent subpar security and leverage social engineering.

The result? You need effective hack protection that simultaneously secures your data while allowing you to enjoy the inherent benefits of new digital technologies. It’s a combination of art and science; new behaviors and the right tech solutions.

Change Your Cyber Behavior

Your first step in keeping data safe? Cultivate the art of good behavior. Here’s the bottom line: In many cases, hackers succeed because users don’t take the time to properly secure their devices, or ignore warning signs that they’re at risk of digital attack. With just a few behavioral tweaks, you can significantly increase your hack protection. Start by:

  • Changing your passwords. Do this right away. Pick something unique and not obvious — some of the most common passwords last year included “123456” and “password,” which are like hitting the jackpot for hackers — so use a combination of letters, numbers and characters. Then, set up a password change schedule. Ideally, aim for every six months.
  • Check your privacy settings. Don’t give cyber criminals the upper hand: Make sure that your privacy setting for social media sites such as Facebook are as restrictive as possible; this means limiting who can see and share your photos and posts to close friends only.
  • Use unique logins. Sure, it’s easier to use the same username and password for every online shopping site and bank web portal, but it means that if hackers get access to one account, they can compromise them all. Pick something unique.
  • Ignore emails. Hackers love socially engineered emails; you get one with a subject line and body that looks legitimate, so you open the attachment — and get infected by malware. Ignore and delete anything that isn’t something you’re expecting.

Choose the Right Technology

Science forms the other side of hack protection. Using the right technologies can help reduce the chance of data compromise or loss. Good ideas include:

  • Two-factor authentication: Many popular email programs, online stores and social sites now support two-factor authentication, which usually takes the form of a text code or “authenticator” app to generate a random number, which you enter along with your username and password.
  • Anti-malware detection: Choose a reputable, cloud-based provider that regularly updates its active database to identify new cyber threats.
  • Virtual private networks: VPN providers create an encrypted “tunnel” between your device and the web, allowing you to browse without fear of being watched or tracked.

Contact the Experts

What happens if you do get hacked? Sometimes, hackers crack solid defenses, and even the most tech-savvy users make mistakes.

Start by talking to the experts at Arkus, Inc. Our experienced team can help you track down deleted files, recover damaged data and discover exactly how hackers got access to your device, using advanced digital forensic techniques that both guarantee data integrity and provide the clear, concise answers you need to implement more effective hack protection strategies.