People often choose to keep same id and passwords for all the websites, this is because they don’t want to afford the forgetting problem, but do you know? If you are using same id and password for multiple websites and sharing many posts on social media, then you could be the next target of the cybercriminals.
How can you keep your online data safe?
Worried? Just take a deep breath and relax! We are going to share few tips that can help you in preventing yourself from these fraud, hackers. All you have to do is just go through these dos and don’ts and follow them carefully to maintain your online safety.
1. Never go for an unexpected link
While surfing the social media you could find something that is unexpected, it may be a call for the offer, unwanted advertisement, email or a permission to access your profile. Remember, these types of unwanted stuff are nothing but a trap! By clicking on that link, you allow the cyber criminals to access your online data, in this way they can easily hack and use your personal profile.
2. Use multiple passwords
It’s better to note down your passwords in a diary, instead of creating the same password for different websites. Keep your password smart, don’t act childish by using the name of your beloved belonging as your password. In case anyone of your accounts gets hacked, at least you can secure others from getting in their hand, moreover, retrieval is easier if the password is different and strong.
3. Anti-virus software must be used
It has been witnessed that, those who use a reliable antivirus software reduces the chance of getting their data stolen. By using an antivirus software, they create a barrier for the hackers to access their accounts and personal data.
4. Never hesitate to block
If you feel like that someone has sent you a personal message or request on social media and he is getting too much into your profile, then don’t wait for any mishap, before that in the basis of suspicion, block that person. Remember he is not your boss, to whom you are answerable.
5. Think before sharing any information
Kindly make sure whatever you are sharing n social media could not be misused against you in future, it may be any information, picture comment etc. These dirty players keep a smart eye on your activities and can use that in future to enter your social world with the intentions of fraud or misusing your stuff.
6. Act wisely while online shopping
When you choose to shop something online, remember that you are sharing your card details over there. Kindly keep it in mind that while making an online transaction the most important thing is to check the credibility of the site you are using for your online purchase. It may be a trap for you by these hackers, they could get your card details through those sites and drain your money without your permission.
7. Don’t click on “allow pop-Up”
Whenever we open a new site or download something, we often face a dialogs box in which we are asked to allow the pop-up, not always but, often these pop up have malicious software that can be used against you in verifying your identity of personal data including private information. So, it is better to ignore such pop-up, so that you won’t regret in future.
8. Say no to public WIFI
Who doesn’t like to have a free WIFI, especially when getting bored at a public place? Well, often things are not what they seem to be. These public or free WIFI offerings often contain the virus in them, which once when accessed in your device can share all your data from that device with the cybercriminals. So beware of it and try not to use such WIFI at any cost.
9. Don’t choose the option of remember me
Often when we enter passwords on websites or while making an online transaction when we insert the card details, a dialogs box appears asking you to be remembered in future. It is not necessary that the site is fraudulent, if you choose to be remembered over there, your data could be later used by the hackers if they get access to your device by any means.
10. Go for two-step verifications
Often social media sites provide you the option of two-step verification. In this, they ask you to enter a password and also enter the verification code shared with you by SMS, this can help you in preventing your accounts from getting hacked, because even if the hacker gets the access to your password, he won’t be able to enter the code, moreover you will be notified that someone is trying to access your account.
11. Keep your devices locked
We can understand that unlocking the device every time via pattern, pin or password could be irritating, but this is your need, set the security level of your look screen on high intensity, that means if someone tries to unlock your screen without your permission and enters the wrong data 5-10 times, your device could get refreshed and restore the factory data by wiping out all the data from your device.
12. Log out option is made for your safety
Whenever you are done with the social media sites, log out your account from the device, irrespective of the owner of the device. This could help you in keeping your chats, pictures and other data safe from those who could access that device in future.
13. Don’t trust auction sites always
Particularly those sites which are used for auctions must not be trusted, they ask you for the feedback, or they ask you to share your details so that they can make you the member of their site. But, You must remember that sharing your information could be a great risk, so it is better not to share anything on such sites.
You would wonder to know that, these cybercriminals through their computer scams are costing Britain £27bn per year, other than that unethical use of the data could be a severe danger. After reading these tips we assure you that you can prevent your data from getting hacked, but remember these hackers are smarter than us, so keep yourself active to fight against them as much as possible.