Surfing the internet safely is essential to avoid unpleasant surprises and safeguard your data. Here’s what to do to protect yourself from hackers …
Hacker attacks are constantly increasing and they don’t save any device. In most cases, they are the users themselves, with irresponsible behaviors, which facilitate the task of cyber criminals. You need to be aware of the risks, surfing safely.
As difficult as it may appear, it is possible to protect yourself from hackers by reducing the chances of being hit. And in some cases, it is enough to stick to some basic rules. Furthermore, the Internet is the place where there seems to be no privacy. In fact, hiding out completely is almost impossible. The data accumulated by the various sites are not always used maliciously. Indeed, they are often employed for advertising purposes. If you want, you can defend your personal data with simple tricks. Surfing the Internet safely is therefore essential to avoid unpleasant surprises and safeguard information.
First of all it is very important to change your passwords frequently, just as you need to choose complex and difficult to find security keys. Don’t make the mistake of always using the same credentials to access multiple accounts. A possible compromise of a profile, in fact, would allow hackers to access other accounts. However, it is not always easy to manage multiple passwords. In these cases, password managers could be used, programs that create and store all our credentials.
Beware of links
As anticipated, hackers usually need the victims’ involuntary collaboration to install malware. One of the most common deception techniques, among those used by cyber criminals, are malicious links, which if opened can direct user traffic to dangerous sites or download directly to the machines of the unfortunate of malicious software. If you come across a suspicious connection, avoid opening it. Make sure you especially know the source of the link.
Limit public WiFi
When you find an open internet connection, most users don’t think about the potential risks they might face. An unsecured network, in fact, is accessible to anyone. An attacker could intercept data transmission and appropriate credentials. The advice is therefore to limit access to public WiFi networks. In the presence of a “free” connection, it is better to disconnect from your accounts and avoid entering passwords or other personal data, such as banking information.
Change the settings of social networks
Few pay attention to the default settings of social networks. As a result, published content can be viewed by everyone, even by hackers. It is therefore important to change the privacy conditions, protecting images, posts and other confidential data from prying eyes. A cybercriminal, just to give an example, could use this information to get to know the victim and make a fraud attempt credible.
As is known, cookies are nothing more than the tools used by the sites to track users’ web habits and thus personalize the advertisements. But they are invasive for privacy. To prevent cookies from following us, especially those from third parties, simply deactivate them in the browser.
Log out of accounts
Leaving an account open, especially if the PC is used by other people, is dangerous for your personal data. It is essential to always remember to log out, i.e. to exit the profile. And not only. An active account can track our internet traffic and know which sites we are visiting. The advice is to stay on the site until we need it and then do it immediately after logout.
Check the apps
Applications access many confidential information on our devices. Some of these data are necessary for the app to work, others a little less. It is always good to read the conditions of service, before accepting and downloading the app. On Android, for example, it is still possible to verify and revoke the permissions even after the installation of the application. If an app to read eBooks also accesses the GPS, something is wrong. Be careful.
Many of the violations exploit the presence of vulnerabilities to compromise victims’ devices, as in the case of exploits. The various manufacturers release update patches to correct these flaws. Make sure you have installed the latest security updates.
We close with the last council. As anticipated, disappearing from the web is very difficult, but not impossible. One way to protect privacy and personal data is to use VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), networks that encrypt the connection and hide the IP address.