17 August 2013

HOW TO: Protect Your Data From Hackers

You won't believe it. Cyber Thieves or Hackers have gotten more quite numbers of dollars than those-not-virtually thieves. It is estimated for over billion dollars alone in year 2012. We can't deny the fact the online is very emerging pace of individual lives. We buy, sell, and transact online. And it makes an ICE CREAM COATING with the hackers.

It is important to note that it is not only hackers that made you exposed your sensitive information but also with your user intervention.

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What hackers are after for?
  • Bank Account/Payment Data
  • Personal Information/Confidential Data
In most cases and short, hackers are after with money!

How did hackers find you?
  • Phishing - spams in email and tends to believe you that it is the real website. 
Example: 
This is legitimate. www.facebook.com
This is not: www.faceb00k.com

It is advisable to analyze and see attentively with the domain names.
  • Websites have been HACKED. All websites are not really 100% secured. Even Google, it gets hacked. So ideally, if this is the case(with your sensitive information), try to change your password with strong password characters regularly.
Some of the reasons here are: Websites have poor coding system(attacked by sql injection); Does not support secure browsing(HTTPS);And server is down from DDOS and it exposed to be hacked.
  • Malware/Adware/worms/virus/trojan - Be extra careful with a software that adds kind of other applications(this is adware) because sometimes, it has a virus code within it. (Thus, hackers could remote access your system to get your data)
  • WIFI/Hotspots - This connection is not secured. For a word of advice, don't login in a websites that have a sensitive bank account information like Paypal.
How to prevent to be hacked?

  • First and most effective tip: Use strong password. It should be a combination of upper-lower case, numbers, and special characters. It must be 8-10+ characters. And don't use dictionary terms like awesome, window, etc. The most common password and is high exposed to exploitation is 123456.
  • Knowledge. Here don't get attracted with an email that says: You have $$$$ blah blah click here add your bank account to get the money. No! First try to see the website it displays. If it is not legitimate and it is on the spam. Leave it or report it as a spam.
  • Don't install untrusted software. This is quite hard to compare if it is trusted or untrusted. One way to determine the application's 100% free of virus is to research the software. Do you trust Google Chrome? I have noticed that most normal users tend to install applications because they were attracted in some games in which resulted to some adware, annoying extensions/addons.etc.
  • Use VPN. VPN is very useful when you are connection with public WIFI/hotspots. ProXPN is one of the choices.
Why you need to use VPN? Visit this post: VPN Facts

Here is a great Infographics about Hackers and how to prevent it.


How To Protect Yourself From Hackers


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