These days, when all life seems to be happening in internet, it’s more important than ever to think about the security of your data. Problems might arise through various ways, be it through hacks, or through malfunction of your computer. The suggestions below should help you protect yourself from both of these problems.
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You might not believe this, or worse, you can and are doing it yourself as well, but even today the most usual passwords many people use are ‘password’ or ‘012345678’. This kind of passwords have two problems. Firstly, if someone was just to try two or ten different most used passwords, they could easily hack your account without even spending much time on it. Secondly, if someone didn’t try it by hand, but instead used some kind of computer program to hack your password, it would be done in a matter of seconds. The best password(s) you can use has both small and capital letters, numbers, and ideally also some other characters such as @. Your password should ideally also be at least 8 characters long.
Now, these days most people need a password for tens of different things, and most security experts would say that you should be using a different password for each one of them. And if they said that, they would be correct. However, such secure passwords with no words in them, imagine something like ‘ZQu7&ghIH6(o’, remembering tens of those would be extremely difficult. So, while it’s not very smart thing to use the same password everywhere, you can’t be expected to remember ten same kind of different passwords either. So the easiest, and still sort of secure way would be to come up with two or three of those, remember them, and use them across all of your accounts. We are all human.
Unknown memory sticks
If you happen to find a memory stick, an SD card somewhere, or if you’re handed it by an unknown person, you should be very cautious and think before you connect it to your computer. Or smartphone. These storages can be filled with unwanted software that can make your computer accessible by a hacker.
These days you can find public wifi pretty much in every pub and cafeteria. While it’s okay to use them, after all, it is very convenient, you should, if possible, avoid using those wifis for banking transactions and related. Just in case.
The very minimum thing you should protect yourself with is an anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on your computer. Consider this as a first line of defence.
I tell that to myself every time something happens to my computer, or server. Make backups! Frequently! Backing up your data on a memory stick or SD card is one of the smartest things you can do to make sure that you’re good even if something happens to your hardware (with or without hackers).