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Costly mistakes we make online, as revealed by a hacker

Most times, we fall into the trap of hackers, not because we are not careful, but we neglect little things. This article will point out some of the costly mistakes we make while we are online.

We are emotional at times

In today's world, the majority of security breaches involve some element of social engineering. An attacker takes advantage of human emotions in order to commit an act. For example, clicking on a malicious email because it appears that someone is in distress, or responding to an urgent request for assistance from a colleague are all examples of such actions. It's the equivalent of allowing a pregnant woman to enter a restricted area of a secure building in the real world.


What you'll need to have installed


When it comes to protecting yourself from hackers, the most important tools to have are anti-virus software that runs routine scans and an ad blocker that prevents unwanted items from being downloaded to your computer's hard drive. A few of the most effective anti-virus software applications are Norton Security, McAfee Total Protection, and Kaspersky Total Secure. It is worthwhile to conduct some preliminary research in order to determine which software program will perform the best on your particular computer.


The techniques of a hacker are revealed in order to assist you in remaining safe from harm


Due to the increase in the number of people conducting banking and other financial transactions online during the pandemic, it is essential that we do everything we can to keep our personal information safe. We spoke with a professional hacker who describes himself as "ethical," and who makes his living by breaking into clients' websites, networks, and mobile apps. He provided us with some of his best theft prevention advice. For more information on common mistakes and how to protect yourself and your personal information in the best way possible, continue reading this article.


If at all possible, avoid using public Wi-Fi


When conducting online banking or other sensitive transactions, you may have heard that you should avoid using a public Wi-Fi network. This is true. However, how did this happen? To be sure, there are some potential issues with public Wi-Fi networks that should be considered. The openness of the network may allow intruders to gain access, the network may already be compromised and contain compromised machines, or the hotspot may be malicious.


We're too truthful


"Did you happen to come from a specific location?" "Can you tell me your mother's maiden name?" and "what is your mother's maiden name?" are two of the most frequently asked questions on websites in order to keep your account safe from future intruders, respectively. Unfortunately, these responses will not be effective deterrents against cyber-attackers in the future. Why? Everyone will be able to conduct their own research and obtain the necessary information if you have already posted this information on the internet. If it becomes necessary, do not be afraid to make up some of the information you have.


Maintaining up-to-date security is essential


Anti-virus software is recommended for keeping your devices safe, but if you fail to update the software when new versions become available, your security will be jeopardized. In order to protect yourself, make sure you are using the most recent version of your web browser and that you install security patches and software updates as soon as they become available. Because technology advances at a rapid pace, the more recent an update is, the higher the level of online security you will enjoy.


 Unnecessary sharing takes place


Personal information should never be shared with any network or website unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. Take, for example, the fact that you must provide your name, birthdate, and address in order to register for a public Wi-Fi hotspot. No legal requirement exists for truthfulness, so invent something plausible – and keep your real information safe.


In exchange for 'free' applications, we give away an excessive amount of information about ourselves


Hackers may be able to infect your device with spyware through the use of third-party apps. Before installing any apps, make sure that the permissions of the apps are set appropriately to ensure that no unnecessary personal information is collected and maintained. In the case of a game-related application, access to your network configuration or contact list is not required. Remember that it's always better to be safe than sorry, and keeping apps up to date on a regular basis helps to ensure that they're safe.


Our social media profiles are frequently made available to the general public


If you are logged into your Facebook profile, navigate to the menu in the top right corner of the screen and select Settings. Then, on the left-hand side of the screen, select Privacy. It's here that you can manage your Facebook profile, and you can select 'Friends' for various questions such as 'Who has access to your profile information?' and 'Who has access to your upcoming posts?'. Only your Facebook friends should be able to see the content you post in this manner. Similarly, on Twitter, select Settings from the settings cog menu. In this window, you can adjust a variety of privacy settings, including making tweets private, so that they are only visible to those who have been granted permission to view your tweets.


We don't clear our browser history


This is an extremely important tip to keep in mind if you're going to be sharing a device with another person, such as your home computer or a friend's iPad. Several browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, keep track of the terms you enter into the search bar, as well as the websites that are accessed. As a result, anyone who comes into contact with your device will have an easier time obtaining a record of your online activity if you do not delete your browsing history. Keep a safe distance between you and the situation and clear the area!

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