How to Save Yourself from Getting Hacked


In today's digital world, the unethical hacking activities are on the rise, creating havoc in global digital network security systems. Malicious hackers always are on the move, looking for vulnerable points in your system, mostly with an intention to get control over your security system and acquire confidential data. Last year, cyber security threats were among the newsmakers and even big enterprises like Microsoft, eBay, AOL, etc, have been the victims of network security breaches in some or other ways. So, it is apparent that we are definitely going to confront more threats in the coming years both in personal and professional levels. Therefore, proper security measures need to be enforced in order to prevent this menace.

Let's explore some important points to help you save yourself from being hacked:

Keep your software genuine and up-to-date:

As new bugs and viruses keep on emerging on the digital scene day by day, it is critically important to ensure that your software is genuine while you also apply software updates whenever they are available so that your system becomes protected from current cyber security threats.

Follow two-factor authentication:

A two-factor authentication should be enforced in your account login system where you not only need entering your username & password but also require verification of your identity by entering a randomly generated code received by your mobile phone.

Employ a creative password solution:

Make sure to come up with a super strong password that will be difficult to crack. One effective way to generate a creative password is by selecting each initial letter of a random sentence and forms an acronym to become your password base. It is not recommended to use same password for multiple services because if your password gets compromised, your entire services become vulnerable to attack.

Don't plug in unreliable USB drives into your system

Inserting any random USB stick can make your system compromised because if it may house executable malicious programs that can put you at risk.

Be well-informed on phishing scams

Malicious hackers use phishing scams or techniques -- faking emails that are specially designed to steal information from you. Such scams can get malicious programs installed onto your system with an intention to acquire personal data. So, you need to be well-acquainted with these issues as well and know how to stay away from them. It is perceived that most phishing scams have grammar or spell error, malicious links, etc, in the email content.