Revealed: Top 7 computer security mistakes you must stop making!
Who knows better how to breach your computer security than hackers themselves?! Hacker’s everyday job is to look for errors in security so they can hack your computers.
The two professional hackers have recently identified these 7 common mistakes we all make over and over again.
If you are one of those who make these mistakes it’s time to stop!
1. NEVER re-use the same username & your email password
According to Cal Leeming, a professional ex-hacker, if you keep using the same username you are an easy fish for hackers as they can easily find all the information they need online. Re-using your email password is even worse as once the hacker are in your mailbox, it will take him just minutes to access your bank accounts or other critical information.
We understand that memorising so many passwords can be a pain but don’t choose convenience over the security. You can still create strong passwords that are easy to remember.
If you have no clue how to do it, you can always refer to our step-by-step tutorial on how to create strong but easy to remember passwords here
2. NEVER trust public Wi-Fi
Don’t assume that all public Wi-Fi is secure as you never know if the free Wi-Fi you’re using is real one or it’s aimed at stealing your data. Finding out whether the Wi-Fi is fake or not can be really tricky especially on your mobile phone. If you have to use the public Wi-Fi use your laptop to go on online as the browser will alert you of security breaches whereas a mobile phone won’t.
3. NEVER click on suspicious videos on Facebook or friend someone who you don’t know
There are hundreds of viruses and other malware spread across Facebook every day. These are often hidden in links to funny videos or posts. The only way to prevent yourself from getting infected is to think twice (even more times :)) before you click on something. Always ask yourself whether your friend would share such a post or a video.
Everybody knows the feeling when you log in to Facebook and see the new friend request. However, making friends with someone you barely know may cost you a lot as you give away information that can be used in a cyber-attack (e.g. pets & family names, etc.)
4. NEVER choose one-factor over two-factor password
Do you have to use your password and key card reader or a token to login to your internet banking? This is a classic example of the two-factor-passwords. They offer the extra layer of protection and if you can choose between one and 2-factor passwords always opt in for the latter one.
5. NEVER respond to Scam emails
Scam emails are still very popular and there are still many people who hit the reply button and respond to these emails. A very common and effective type of scam emails are ‘cries for help’ messages. Next time you get suspicious-looking email asking you for help don’t reply!
6. NEVER be without Antivirus Software
Tom Beale, also ex-hacker pointed out that having Antivirus Software is a security no-brainer and every PC, Mac or Android user should have it installed. It’s the first point of defence that can recognise all the most known online threats.
We agree with Tom! As an IT company, we have come across the majority of Antivirus programs available on the market. Across every Antivirus program, the one that exceeded our expectations is NOD32 from ESET. You can read here to find out why we trust it.
7. NEVER forget to update everything
Having the latest Windows updates, drivers or browser plug-in updates installed is important as hackers will look for every security hole and take every opportunity to get into your systems.
If you don’t know how to keep your Windows up-to-date you can always check our step-by-step tutorial here