Danger lurks online, but who can survive without the Internet? Here are five little-known ways to protect yourself against hackers and fraudulent activities:
Be Careful When Answering Security Questions
The intention of security questions is to prove that the person trying to use a particular service is indeed who they claim to be. Unfortunately, even the most personal information can now be hacked. How hard would it be, for instance, for someone to know your mother’s maiden name or the name of your first dog? Treat security questions like passwords and give a hard-to-guess answer.
Avoid Linking Your Accounts
Linking accounts is a convenient way to streamline your digital information. Unfortunately, it can make a hacker’s life easier. As much as possible, don’t sync your personal accounts with the accounts you use for work and other purposes.
Beware of the Cloud
The Snowden leaks have taught us great lessons on vulnerability. The cloud is a great digital product, but keep in mind that it’s not infiltration-proof. Backup your private data locally rather than relying solely on a cloud storage or server.
Use a Secure VPN Service
Using a secure VPN service enhances your privacy and security by establishing a buffer between your computer or mobile device and the Internet. This shield offers end-to-end data encryption to protect your data from unauthorized access. It also masks your IP to offer you a high degree of online anonymity.
Use Two-Factor Authentication
A two-factored account complements a password with a second factor that is usually sent to a mobile phone to add a layer of security. A hacker may get your password but still, have a hard time getting access to your account, unless the hacker also has access to the device with the second factor.
Reinforce your cyber security measures to protect your personal information. Follow these tips and you’ll be on the right track.