The 1995 film, Hackers, showed us just how easy it is for hackers to get into company or personal computers and though a bit sensationalized, you must remember how far we have come in the realm of technology. The activities they may have done back then are entirely possible now and in essence, everyone with a computer is at risk by online security/
Luckily, there are just as many ways to protect yourself as there are ways for others to endanger you. It may not make your system impenetrable but it will definitely make it much more burdensome for hackers to get in. Here are a few ways to help keep your online security safe.
Keep your software updated
There is a reason why software and app developers have updates every so often, and no, they do not make them to annoy you. The reason behind it is that their programs become outdated rather quickly due to the security risks the developers find. With every new method discovered on how to hack into a system, the developers add extra measures to keep their programs secure.
They add the security measures and distribute them to their users in the form of an update. By downloading these updates, you are keeping yourself protected against any hacker. You might want to keep your eyes peeled for any updates or upgrades of any program you may have.
Safeguard your social activities
With social networking sites, it is inevitable to divulge some personal information but make sure that you do not reveal anything that will make it easy for a hacker or thief to take advantage of you. Try keeping your full name, address, or credit card information under wraps. Another helpful tip is to avoid posting photos of your home and its street address or neighborhood sign. Also try to not take pictures of yourself wearing a school or business uniform. One mistake that vacationers do is broadcasting where they are going and the dates when they will be away. This makes your house seem like a treasure trove of unguarded possessions.
Keep your data protected
Sir Francis Bacon once said that knowledge is power, and these days, knowledge may come in the form of data. Data can be of great value to any hacker but all it takes is a few simple steps to prevent them from getting to it. Protecting your online data is as easy as varying the names you use for logging into certain websites and devices, as well as crafting password that is strong, if not perfect.
Encrypt important files
If you have a habit of keeping records that could be of potential use to any hacker or thief such as invoices or any other files, it would be best for you to encrypt them. There are free tools available that can do it for you.
We think our activity on the internet is anonymous and it is easy to fall prey to oversharing but by keeping a few things in mind, we can keep our information safe and continue to go online without worry.