Secrets Hackers Don’t Want You To Know and How You Can Protect Yourself
Hacking started out as a periodic data breach, but it has now turned into a common occurrence. Everyone online is a target. While there is a possibility you could become the next victim of hackers, it does not mean there is nothing you can do to protect yourself.
Basic firewall protection and antivirus applications have become inadequate to protect your business from hackers. Hackers have figured out how to elude these defenses, and they do so with ease. There have been countless news reports of data breaches and huge financial losses. There are many ways you can increase your defenses. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to put yourself in the mind of a hacker.
Here are some of the top cybersecurity secrets that hackers don’t want you to know and what you can do to protect yourself.
Hackers Make an Effort to Send Personal Emails
Hackers make an effort to send targeted emails that ask you to share financial information and passwords. In the past, these types of emails were known to be filled with grammar and spelling mistakes. That is not the case today. Hackers may address you by name and use your professional title. Protect yourself: Hover over links to see the URL address you will be redirected to) and be suspicious of any requests for sensitive information or money, suspicious links, file attachments, or a message that’s an image. Unless you’re confident the message is from someone you know, don’t open attachments or click links.
Hackers Love Free Public Wi-Fi Networks
Even when you are connected to a legitimate public network, hackers could still conduct a man-in-the-middle attack to eavesdrop on the session between your computer and the public Wi-Fi connection. Protect yourself: Avoid public Wi-Fi when possible, especially unsecured Wi-FI networks that do not require passwords. If you have to use public Wi-Fi or public computers, do not make financial transactions and consider using a browser extension to encrypt your communications.
Hackers Have Plenty of Time on Their Hands
Hackers use applications that test millions of possible passwords. Hackers can go to bed at night and wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, ready to check how many passwords they have uncovered. Hackers use these programs to test password combinations. Protect yourself: It’s easy to create a simple password, but simple passwords are easy to uncover. Instead of creating a password, create a passphrase. Use a combination of characters, letters, and numbers to create a complex password.
Hackers Sneak in Front of You by Starting Small
Hackers can not only obtain financial information from data breaches, but also when using your debit or credit card at a convenience store, grocery store, or favorite retailer. When hackers obtain your credit card information, they usually take a little at a time to test their limits. If you don’t notice anything out of the ordinary, the hackers will keep increasing the amount they take. Protect yourself: Always pay attention to your financial statements to check for fraudulent charges and report immediately.
Hackers Are Expert Impersonators
Hackers are known to send financial warnings that appear to be sent by your financial institution. You may also receive a notification from a retailer that you commonly shop from, stating that you have just won a prize. Protect yourself: Most companies will not ask you to share your account information. Hover over the address in the ”From” field to detect misspellings and unknown addresses. You can even call the company if you have concerns about the legitimacy of the email.
Hackers want you to fear them and they want to scare you in any way they can. Hackers are scary only if they think you aren’t aware they exist. Protecting yourself against hackers becomes a little easier when you know their dirty secrets. Teamspring advises you to remember the following when protecting yourself against crafty hackers:
- Use strong passwords
- Don’t click suspicious links
- Use secure payment systems
- Avoid public Wi-Fi if possible.
- Enable MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) on devices, including smart devices
There is no need to panic. There are ways to protect yourself against hackers. As a trusted cybersecurity team for organizations throughout Metro Atlanta, we will provide your organization with the first line of defense against a cyberattack, which is knowledge. With knowledge and awareness, your organization will be better protected against attacks and threats.
Contact us today to find out how our cybersecurity services can protect your organization now and in the future.