How To Protect Yourself From Hackers

In the ’80s and ’90s, people were enthralled with the unexplored world of hacking. Since then, computer hackers have become expected irritants that digital users must protect themselves against. Now, it is all too common to hear of government buildings and security companies being breached, and nearly every aspect of modern life requires some form of technology. In today’s tech-savvy world, it is important to understand how to protect against hackers, especially since computers are becoming increasingly intricate. Unless they have a degree in computer science and programming, typical users may not be aware of the simple steps they can deploy in hacking prevention.

The following steps are easy ways to protect against hackers:

  1. Use complicated passwords.Everyone needs a password if you use anything on computers like logging in to email or managing your money on a banking website. Using uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters is one way to eliminate easy hacking. Instead of using a pet’s name or something else that is easy to spell, try making a nonsensical sequence like “7Zie9Mp!” It will be difficult to remember at first, but if you write it down in a safe place for reference, eventually you won’t need the prompt — and it protects you from being hacked too easily.
  2. Don’t use the same password multiple times. Making up a clever password is difficult, and the temptation is to just keep it around for years, re-using it on every new account you create. If you get hacked on your email account, a hacker could then work out other places you have information and use the same password to gain entry as well. Use different passwords for every personal account, write them down somewhere safe, and change them periodically.
  3. Delete your browser history. Some people may not even know what a browser is, let alone the browser’s history. The easiest way to explain? Your browser is your search engine page. Whenever you type in a website or search for something on Google or Bing, that information gets stored and kept for days or even weeks. It is very easy for someone else to see that information and get a clear picture of everything you do on your computer, your iPad and even at work. Be sure to delete your search history on every device you use to protect against hackers.
  4. Be careful what you click. Have you ever received an email from someone you know that ended up being spam? Those kinds of websites are tools hackers use to infect others’ computers with dangerous viruses. This happens frequently, not just on emails, and it’s just one more way for someone to gain access to your personal information.

While computer hackers will continue to find a way to steal where they can, there’s no reason you can’t be vigilant and responsible for your own security: Be aware of your choices every time you go on the Internet, and try to cover your tracks as best you can.