5 Ways to Avoid the Risk of Being Hacked

With more processes moving to the Cloud, it’s important to fortify your cybersecurity and ensure your company data doesn’t get hacked.

First published at https://www.get5.io/blog

It’s possible to get comfortable on the internet without thinking about the risks you’re exposing yourself to. The internet is becoming a very unsafe place, especially since many systems and processes are moving to the Cloud. Individuals and businesses are having to come up with better strategies to protect their computer systems from hackers.

Cybersecurity is very important for any business and should always be taken seriously, as it can entirely determine whether your business succeeds or not.

The danger of being hacked for company or private information is now more prevalent. So, it’s crucial to protect all your data, as well as educate your employees about navigating around phishing emails, viruses and other hacking strategies.

Below are some of the most efficient ways you can avoid being hacked:

Use strong passwords

You’re at a greater risk of being hacked if you use basic passwords for your important accounts. You’ll find that many people get hacked because the hacker knows enough details about them to create a password cracking algorithm or simply guess their passwords.

If you use the same password for all your accounts, it means that if the hacker guesses your password correctly, several of your accounts will be compromised.

The best way to create a strong password for your personal accounts is to ensure that the password contains lower- and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbol characters. A strong password usually also requires more than 8 characters. You should avoid using your birthdate, your first name or surname, the names of pets or family members, the town you live in or grew up in, and even your street name. Why? These are all pieces of information that are easily traceable by hackers.

The problem is that most people find it very difficult to remember multiple passwords, and let’s face it — we forget to store them in a safe place!

If you’re one of those people, then you might want to opt for a password manager. This is software that is capable of generating a strong password and safely storing it for you. Google also has a built-in password manager if you’re using GSuite.

Enable two-factor authentication

Many hackers have software that can help them crack your passwords, which is especially if you use weak ones. For this reason, it’s very important that you consider enabling two-factor authentication (2FA).

Nowadays, most platforms have moved to two-factor authentication (or 2-step verification), so it makes sense to follow suit with your personal passwords. Using two-factor authentication basically means that you need more than a password to prove that you’re the owner of the account.

This means that a password PLUS a special key are needed to grant you access to the account. With two-factor authentication, every time you input your password a special code is sent to your mobile phone to help you complete the login process.

In other words, even if a hacker succeeds in cracking your password, it will be worthless without the special code sent to your personal mobile device.

Avoid linking accounts

It’s very common for people to link their personal accounts together for easier access. While it might make things easier for you when trying to login into different platforms, it can have very negative effects if your account gets hacked.

For example, you might be tempted to link your Facebook account with your Netflix and credit card accounts. However, this means that if the hacker manages to gain access to your Facebook account, they can easily access your financial records.

While you might find it inconvenient trying to remember different passwords every time you want to access a particular platform, it’s still much more secure than having most of your personal information exposed to hacking.

Train your team

If you want to keep your business data safe and away from hackers’ reach, you need to consider educating your team about basic security protocols and measures.

You might be surprised by how many people out there don’t know the basics of cybersecurity.

With cybersecurity training, your team will be informed on how to identify potential threats and what they can do in case of an impending data breach.

For the best training services, consider hiring professionals and in industrial cybersecurity companies. They usually offer onsite training services for your team, maintenance of your cybersecurity system and other features to enhance the safety of your business data.

Never leave your laptop or mobile phone unattended

There are many people out there who tend to leave their gadgets unattended. If you have to leave your laptop or mobile phone unattended, at least ensure that it is locked.

Regardless of whether you think you don’t have any personal information stored on your gadget, it’s important to be cautious.

This is because when you leave your unlocked laptop or mobile phone unattended, someone might use it to access your logged-in accounts or emails, which is one of the most common ways in which people are hacked.

Conclusion

When it comes to your electronic devices, it can be so easy to fall into the traps hackers have set up for you to gain access to your private information. Especially in this digital age, we are constantly on our phones and computers and many applications have made it more convenient for us through linking accounts to other apps.

To keep your assets and private life safe, consider the tips suggested in this article and begin to implement them in your everyday life. Stay cybersafe ✌️

About the author

McKenzie is your typical Midwestern gal. When she is not writing or reading, she can be found training for her next half-marathon, baking something sweet, playing her guitar, or cuddled up with her golden retriever, Cooper. She loves watching football, fall weather, and long road trips.

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