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How to Protect Your Online Life From Hackers

When the World Wide Web first came to life in the early 1990s it opened up new possibilities, but also a whole new range of threats. Spam has infiltrated email accounts, computer viruses created havoc on the networks of companies and hacking became a problem. Hackers could steal your personal data, take over your credit or banking online account, and sell your personal information on the dark web for a lot of money.

Your online experience is more complex than ever. You’re on a smartphone, you shop online and transfer money online, you’re on Facebook, and even your connected home appliances and IoT devices are monitoring and report on your activities. All of this information can be accessed by hackers, whether they’re part of an organized crime organization or a lone individual with an agenda of political inclination.

Create strong passwords to all your online accounts. Make use of a password manager to manage them. Consider using two-step authentication. This provides an additional layer of security by requiring you to enter a code received via phone or email in addition to your login password. Secure your hard drive to make it harder for hackers to access your private data, even if they do take control of your computer or mobile device. Also, make sure to disable ‘run as administrator’ on your PCs, don’t root or jailbreak your phones and shut down your computer instead of leaving it running all day long (all-time running ruins your device performance and opens it up to cyberattacks). With the proper software tools for malware-screening removal, uninstalling, and data encryption you can lower the risk of being a victim.

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