Ten Ways to Protect Data Against Hackers

Technology has certainly benefited in creating procedures, but there is a cost, and that cost is cybercrime. Here are some tips for protecting your data against hacker attacks.

Ten Ways to Protect Data Against Hackers
Protect Data against Hackers

Ten Ways To Protect Data Against Hackers

Technological uses have made the work much easier than before like smartphones, computers, and laptops. But at the same time, it has made you vulnerable to cyber hacking. Whoever uses them is open to cyberattacks until using them diligently. The way your valuables need protection, your data needs protection from those hacking beasts who could infiltrate your system, steal your personal information, your bank account details and give you a lifetime blow, which most of the time is almost irreparable.

If hackers are smart, you can be smarter too. And by following a few tricks, such devastating attacks can be easily restrained.  Just check them out underneath as we bring you some important techniques to keep your data safe and confidential.

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1.   Anti-malware Software/ Anti-spyware Package is the thing to not to miss-

Antivirus software is a must for your system as viruses and malware are the biggest threats. Security programs such as Malwarebytes, Bit defender, etc. are to be updated or downloaded in your system and are highly fruitful in protecting your system from getting a virus that reduces the pace of your system or often results in deletion of important files. Some antivirus programs automatically get updated.

We all know while being active on the internet, our personal or organizational details are vulnerable to threats like spyware, ransomware, etc. Spyware is a type of software that privately keeps an eye on and steals important information. It is very hard to scrutinize and remove.

2.   Update your OS, Browser, and Apps-

Make sure to install new updates which involve security fixes that prevent hackers from having access to your data and system. Also, update your apps, install new updates and review your browser security. Use your browser to restrain websites from tracking your movement or try on other things to maintain your online security.

3.   Sensitive Data of the Cloud-

The more you keep your data on the cloud, the more you are susceptible to hackings. Try to avoid keeping your extremely sensitive data off the cloud.  Few cloud storage solutions offer encryption to data at rest. Still, it is suggested not to keep your confidential and important data off the cloud. 

4.   Delete or Destroy Personal Data Details on Hardware before selling it-

If you have decided to sell your laptop, computer system or phone, make sure not to leave any kind of data about you from pictures to important details.  You may use d-ban to remove information from your hard disc. It makes the job of hackers very difficult.

5.   Use a Complex and Secure Password-

Make a complex password to secure the entry into your network or your application.  Secure refers to long and complex passwords which would be hard to guess. Form a password of at least 8 characters which could be a combination of numbers, computer symbols, lowercase and uppercase letters. Using passwords that have your date of birth, your child's year of birth, his/her name is quite predictable. In case you have many passwords, use password managers such as LastPass, Sticky Password, and Password Boss, etc.

6.   A Secured Network should be ensured-

Open Wi-Fi on the router is a sheer invitation to security hackers. This is probably the easiest job for hackers; so while setting your network, set a difficult password. This would not let anyone use your wifi and download files and info from your device.

7.   Practice shut down-

If it is your business requirement to have your systems on day and night, then it is fine. But if you do not have much work and can afford to shut down your system during work, then make it a habit. During one condition, your system becomes easily accessible to hackers; on the contrary, being shut down doesn't allow them to have access to your details.

8.   Backup your Computer-

You must have a backup of your computer when hackers get entry and get success in trashing your computer system. You should be able to rebuild soon you learn about a breach of any of your data.

9.   Opt for Two Lines of Defense-

Password is said to be the first line of defense and the second line of defense confirms complete security. The two–factor authentication means along with needing a password, a numeric code is required by websites that are sent on the phone or email id. One can easily decline on finding access to be fishy.

10.   Curb down your Digital Footprints-

 If you are one of those who are active on social media networks, then do you know that every minute detail given by you on such platforms may be used by hackers? Make your social media account private and make sure that your posts are visible only to your friends. Do not let anyone send you friend requests.  Keep advertisers on social media, face recognition, location, and interest buttons at off mode.

The bottom line:

Above are just a few as there are many more tricks that you can handle to give tough time to hackers and have untroubled time with your safe data.

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