20 security secrets hackers don’t want you to know

Protect yourself from online attacks that threaten your identity, your files, your system, and your financial well-being.

Hackers are the bane of our existence. What started as the occasional data breach has turned into thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of scams, ransomware and heinous attacks. Nobody is safe.

While anyone could be a victim to hackers, that doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself. There is an entirely separate market out there for programs and devices designed to keep you from getting hacked. Sometimes the answers are simpler than investing in fancy products. Here are five essential steps to take to protect yourself from hackers online.

Information is power, as they say. So the best thing you can do is arm yourself with knowledge. Here are 20 security secrets that hackers don’t want to know about.

1. Oversharing on social media

We post everything on social media. Bad idea! Avoid oversharing the following information, and whatever you do, stay away from using basic information to create passwords.

  • Children’s names.
  • Pet names.
  • The date of your anniversary and maybe divorce!
  • Kid’s birthdates.
  • Anything relevant to your passwords.

The best way to protect yourself here is to create a strong password. Do so by using a combination of letters, capital letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using common names and phrases in your passwords or any personal information. Tap or click here for five new rules to creating the best passwords.

2. Photos with inside looks of your home

This is simple enough. Think before you post. Pictures of your home office sometimes catch images of your computer screen. This can easily give hackers what they need. To really ensure hackers can’t take advantage of your photos, double-check your privacy settings.

On Facebook

On Instagram

  • Head to the Settings menu.
  • On the top right corner, select the hamburger button.
  • This opens a side menu.
  • Click the settings wheel at the very bottom.
  • Click on Privacy.
  • Select the activate the private account setting.

3. Eerily similar emails

Some of the most successful scams come through emails. Some tend to think emails are harmless, but they have the potential to become a huge hassle. Look for any subtle signs that emails are spoofed. Often the email addresses and links are very close, but a single digit is off.

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