Jul 7 21

A Guide to Cyberattacks: How to Stay Protected

Tranelle Maner

So you’ve learned about all the different types of scams and forms of trespassing hackers can do online to get your private information, and now you’re probably wondering the best ways to avoid them. While the idea of viruses and hacking can be deterring to doing anything on the internet, there are plenty of ways to protect your data and have a safe and fun internet experience.

Get a guess-proof password

The best way to avoid hackers or viruses or social engineering scams is to have a strong password and regularly change your passwords. Think of this as a two-for-one deal. Firstly, an impenetrable password makes it difficult for the bad guys to break in and gain access to your account. Secondly, you’re less likely to suffer from data breaches because your account is more difficult to break into. In order to do this, you need to be more familiar with the differences between security questions and answers. Basically, security questions ask you to provide a second, more complex question (example: What was the first car you owned?) that will give the hacker more clues to learn what kind of account you’re accessing.

Check privacy settings and never overshare

As well as staying away from sketchy sites and cutting out sketchy apps, changing your privacy settings can be one of the most important things you can do to keep your accounts safe. This is especially important if you’re part of a family, or part of a social media community. 

Be cautious when browsing the internet

Although it may not seem like a super technical thing to do, the first thing you can do to protect yourself online is to be cautious when visiting new websites and software. Just because you’re on your home computer and have more knowledge of the operating system, doesn’t mean you’re invincible to a hack. You can still fall victim to some kind of hacking if you’re not careful. Take care of your personal information 

Conclusion

Although no person has the ability to make their accounts completely impenetrable to any attack, it is possible to make it so difficult that hackers quit and avoid your information. By following these tips you’ll keep your information safe and enjoy your time on the internet.