This month in light of the hacking of TalkTalk I thought I would list some measures you can take to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of hacking or fraud. Obviously in the case of the TalkTalk hack, that was out of consumer hands as the attack was directly at TalkTalk.
A Strong Password!
This is obvious but a strong password is so essential, don’t make the mistake of using easy passwords! Family/pet names are a strict no no! Years of birth, house numbers etc are bad! With a prominence of social media, we are all giving to much of our personal information into the public domain, this information can be used to form information about you, passwords, security information etc. That is why passwords that cannot be guessed are essential. Always use upper and lower case characters, numbers and preferably symbols too. Keep passwords random, like GhostPigeon, random but easier to remember than a jargon password. Better yet make it Gh1st@Pige1n!28. The combination of different characters makes your password near impossible to guess and even harder to hack.
A decent anti-virus can help keep your system more secure and help prevent viruses and malware from sneaking onto your system. Free Anti-Virus programs are ok but the paid alternatives are paid for a reason, they simply do a better job!
Whether you are using a Windows PC, Apple Mac, tablet or phone keeping it up to date is essential. Many of the updates released are there to improve security and block exploits on your device. If you do not update you simply don’t have the best protection.
This is not the website your looking for, move along….
When you go onto a website check it is secure. Whenever you are about to enter sensitive information the site should be encrypting your data. To check this look to the address bar on the internet browser you are using. It should have a small green section, typically with a padlock on it. You can click this to check the website you are on is encrypting your data and that the website is verified to be doing so. If you don’t see that be cautious!
I have had to cover several areas briefly but I just want to try and give you a few tips to protect yourselves. If you have any other queries, please get in touch.