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Hacker’s Precious Piece of Advice on Data Security for Users

Let me tell you a fact, it might make you a bit uncomfortable and scared too. The fact is that you can be a potential target for hackers and you are not immune from being a victim of hackers. Now, you know the fact and you should look for some precautionary measures that can keep you safe from the curse of hackers.  Well, if you follow experts’ advice, you can protect yourself from the threat of these online criminals. Who can be a better advisor on this issue than a hacker himself? Here are some of the advices that a hacker himself has given to users to stay safe from him and his companions.

Keep your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi switched off

Keep your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection switched off when not in use. If you leave your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, hackers would track your previously connected Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices and get connected to your device and can attack your phone with a variety of malware, afterwards, they can steal your information, track your activities and you will notice no change on your phone or anywhere else. Although, it would be devastating. Thus, keep your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi switched off.

Go for two-step authentication

Passwords are your front line defense, but, only when they are strong and complex enough. Users pay almost no attention towards the importance of passwords and hardly ever work to make them hard enough to be guessed or cracked by password crackers.  There are many websites now including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail and others that offer their users two-step authentication. First, they ask you for the password and afterwards, they send six digit code to your cell phone that you have to enter it to log in. It is a reliable and respectable step towards security.

Make a strategy to form strong passwords

Passwords are essential for your data security. Sensitive online accounts such as e-banking accounts, official email accounts and even personal social media accounts requires a complex password for privacy. It is hard to form a mind boggling combination alphabets, numbers and special symbols. However, if you think of a word/sentence and write it in a different and complex manner, it will be hard for hackers to guess them and even tough for their sophisticated software to crack them. A simple sentence like I have a secure password can be written as “!h@ve@$ecUr3P@$$w0rd”. Isn’t it easy to remember, but, extremely hard to guess?

Do not hide your home Wi-Fi

It may seem illogical to you, but, let me explain you the logic behind it. When you hide your home Wi-Fi, whenever you want to connect your device to it, you have to scan Wi-Fi connections. During the scan, your device may find an unsecured hotspot connection and gets connected to it. Well, it may excite you as it will be a free Wi-Fi connection, but, actually it can be a trap laid down by hackers. They know the fact that users love using free Wi-Fi connections. Thus, they exploit it and intentionally leave some unprotected infectious hotspot connections, through that connection, hackers get access to the users’ database.

Do not buy everything smart

Manufacturers are looking to somehow equip everything with an internet connection. Be it your fridge, oven, washing machine or any other home appliance. But, are these manufacturers keeping an eye over the delicate issue of data security. I doubt it! There has been an incident, where a hacker hacked a baby’s monitor, which is surely scary. There is a simple advice given by a hacker to users that things are not as much secure as they are said to be. So, do not try to be ‘over smart’.

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