Technology is a big part of life, and the more a person uses it, the more they’re at risk of data theft. There are many services and products that offer hacker protection, but it can be difficult to protect everything at once. Although big companies do much to keep customers’ sensitive data safe, it’s still possible to become the victim of a hacker. Below are some tips to prevent data loss due to hacking.
Protect the Important Things
While many people keep much of their lives online, there’s still value in keeping a hard copy. Important documents and photos can be kept in an album or safe deposit box, and having hard copies can provide peace of mind even after someone falls victim to a hacker.
Don’t Respond to Emails and Solicitations From Unknown Senders
Most people have more than one email address, and some of these can get a lot of spam. Filters catch many of these spam emails, but some manage to slip through the cracks. However, it’s relatively easy to verify a sender’s identity online; a simple Google or LinkedIn search can usually provide information on why a person would send an email. Never open attachments from unknown senders—regardless of how funny that chain letter is, it isn’t worth losing sensitive data.
Use Many Passwords
Some programs and web browsers provide passwords automatically. While they are often more secure than those created by users, they can be difficult to remember and find when they’re needed. Stay protected from hackers by choosing a letter and number combination that carries special meaning, but would be difficult for someone else to guess. It’s important to change passwords frequently and to share them with someone close in case the user forgets them.
While there’s no real way to prevent every hack attack, there’s a good rule to live by: Never communicate or store anything electronically that one would not mind being seen by everyone. We all have the right to privacy, but there’s no way to retain complete privacy in today’s online world. However, by following the tips above, users can mitigate their risk while enjoying the benefits of technology.