The internet has enabled a lot of knowledge and information to flow from one person to another without limit. The developments we see in our lives today are thanks to the digital age.
For security reasons, ways have been established to get into other people’s computers and systems without consent. When some very important information is kept by someone who later gets lost or dies, hackers are used to retrieve it.
The internet has not all been rosy. It has been noted that not all those who use hacking are up to good because other want to destroy other people.
Vigilance is therefore very important in the digital world that is full of hackers. The following are some of the ways that individuals can avoid or defend themselves against hackers. Some of these are the things we see as normal but deeply they cost us our confidential information.
The first step a hacker takes is to attack one’s computer and if any space is accorded, they will attack a computer that has no tight security features. It is therefore advised that people should install and always update latest security programs like an anti-virus.
It is also advised that one should not keep any kind of personal information on devices that they intend to sell or give to another person no matter how innocent.
It is important to follow password weaknesses meaning that one should only use strong passwords and can be seen by strength color in most websites.
It is advisable that one should not make it a habit to use public internet services because hackers might be around waiting to pounce. Also one should avoid using public devices like flash disks and hard drives because they can have malwares that will take your information from your computer or device. It is advised that public computers should be avoided at any cost if one wants to avoid hackers.
Financial institutions is also another sector that have been targeted by hackers and they should be alert to prevent this. Any information given to any staff or directors or even operators needs to be kept within the circles and not leaked. If someone goes against this, they need to be punished severely to be a warning to others.
Hacking should be an issue of national interest and therefore the government should come in and help by formation and enforcement of stringent laws that will prevent future cases of hacking.
People should create awareness and learn all of these things that bring more about hacking. For example, knowing if a computer is hacked and how to prevent further information from being accessed.