Keeping your accounts safe, whether online or offline, is one of the most important things you should prioritize. Whether it’s your Facebook, online banking, or messaging account, you should be aware of the things you need to do to keep your accounts safe from hackers.
Nowadays, hackers and fraudsters have become more advanced when it comes to breaching accounts. Fortunately, some organizations help prevent the proliferation of hacking and theft identity incidents. So, if you’re interested in keeping your accounts safe from any form of attack that can compromise your safety on your online and offline accounts, here are some of the tips we can give you:
Use data encryption when visiting sites
One of the latest technologies used to improve security is encryption. This tool has been used by IT experts to add an extra layer of security on sites and applications from falling prey to hackers. According to an expert, John Naughton, encryption is a set of algorithms that can encrypt, decrypt, and sign and verify emails through an Open PGP Standard.
‘Encryption used to be the sole province of geeks and mathematicians, but a lot has changed in recent years. In particular, various publicly available tools have taken the rocket science out of encrypting (and decrypting) email and files. GPG for Mail, for example, is an open-source plug-in for the Apple Mail program that makes it easy to encrypt, decrypt, sign and verify emails using the OpenPGP standard’, said John.
However, note that data encryption won’t protect you from government authorities according to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
Always backup your data
One of the most overlooked techniques in protecting yourself and your identity is backing up your data. If you have a device, make sure you keep all your information in a cloud or an extra copy somewhere to make sure that you don’t lose all the information you need. Moreover, doing this helps you from spending too much when you retrieve the data you’ve lost.
Invest in anti-malware on your devices
Scammers and hackers use complex technologies to employ malware that can damage your computer and corrupt your files. If your device or gadget is not protected by a good antivirus, it can be easily breached by hackers and steal your information.
According to an IT expert, Clark Howard, he classified malware as any item of programs that can enter your computer and wreak havoc to the system.
‘Malware (short for malicious software) is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer without your consent. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, scareware and more. It can be present on websites and emails, or hidden in downloadable files, photos, videos, freeware or shareware’, says Howard.
If you want to check if your laptop or device has a virus, make sure you run regular scans of antivirus software. Additionally, make sure you don’t open unverified sites that are not encrypted. Opening and downloading emails and links from unknown sources is also something you should avoid to prevent malware.