Internet is everything and internet is everywhere. And it is known that every connection and every location can be hacked, broken into, spammed or otherwise compromised. For both first time users and skilled surfers alike, Internet waters can be a dangerous place. Figurative sharks can lurk anywhere, if you know what I mean. So what can a man do to protect himself? How can we protect our data, conversations or simply not get exposed to harmful software crawling the web? We asked some experts and they told us some basic moves we can make to ensure better browsing experience.
Double tap! – typing in your password is boring and irritating, but that password is everything keeping your personal accounts get compromised by hackers or other evil doers. So make it harder on them! Use two factor authenticating method. You might have seen it on Facebook or some other site, as most more popular sites now have this option. It usually comprises from having to confirm your log-in with a code you receive via SMS or some other way, this way adding another layer of protection on your personal account. It might seem even more boring, but this can save you a lot of trouble in a long run.
Update – we know this is also boring, but that’s how it goes with protection, if it’s boring it usually means they are doing it right. Updating your system or OS will make you less exposed to hacks as updates often fix security problems as soon as they discover it, and the longer the time between the threat and a patch – the longer will hackers have to execute the attack.
Passwords – we can’t stress this enough, but people really do make bad decisions with their passwords. Password cracking software usually has a database of often used words for passes, so try to avoid anything obvious. Also, when cracking the password via “brute force” they try every combination of letters, numbers and symbols, starting from A to Z, from 1 to 0. So make it hard for them. Start your password with a special character, combine caps and regular letters and add numbers. Password like “$zWk35#2Ksrc!” might be hard to remember, but it will take years for any algorithm to crack!
HTTPS – you know those letters that come before the www. and the rest of the address? If you are not an IT expert, sit down, listen. They are prefix that helps your browser communicate with the web and adding that S at the end can mean a world of difference. Most big sites are using this simple method, and the ones failing to do so usually regret it real quick. HTTPS is not a perfect way to protect yourself, but it is another brick in the wall of protection and you should use it whenever possible.