- Use 2-factor authentication where you can
Banking Systems, twitter, facebook all support additional security features that you may not know. Go to your settings, it is in there. Once you enable it, it registers your computer and everytime you log in, it will send a text message as a second form of verification. Why? if the hackers get access to your password, they still need access to your phone.
- Don’t use the same password everywhere
I know it is hard, but using the same passwords everywhere is probably the easiest way the hacker can break into your system.
- Make sure to stay up to date with security patches
Every time there is a windows updates, or security update to a 3rd party software like Java, Adobe, Word – it is usually because there is a known security hole known to the hackers. Always keep up to date.
- Be careful with how much information is put online
Hackers are looking at spending habits, facebook updates and etc. All that information is used to gather additional information about the individual to gather addition inside information. That information is then can be used against the individual/company/groups to intimidate or create a means of urgency. Be careful of social engineering tactics. They are the most effective and can be very hard to identify.
- Be careful when sharing personal information
That is the most and biggest thing that hackers can leverage to get access to your data. Things like Social Security number, banking information. That type of information is not asked when some calls you. When you get a call that 2-good-to-be-true or a call that is a fraud services line, call them back. Look for a phone number on the website themselves. A lot of hackers will impersonate as a financial services.