I know it’s hard to read but, you are doing mistakes that can get you hacked right now. Don’t you find that frightening?
Don’t worry… You aren’t the only one.
This is more common than you think, and the reason is simple: we humans make mistakes.
The common malware and hacking tools are only useful through exploits that shouldn’t happen in the first place but ain’t stopping soon
And according to the AV-TEST Institute, over 350,000 malicious programs are found EVERY DAY. That’s a lot of intent…
Want to know what you are doing right now that can get you hacked?
Mistake #1 – Vulnerable Password
One of the most common mistakes related to passwords is when they’re recycled too many times with different platforms. If for any reason, they got stolen, all the details-sharing accounts get vulnerable. Especially if they’re made out of familiar/common patterns.
Others don’t even protect their devices with passwords: 52% of people are guilty of this.
But if you dare to change them too often, and or making them too complex, then you will be filled with more problems. Beware of confusion and forgetfulness that lies ahead.
On occasions, the passwords are right and secure… But the mistakes come in storing them into your phone/computer. Writing them into physical notebooks are a better option because malware can get into your device = DOOM.
For the most expensive scenarios, a two-factor authentication (2FA) should help to prevent it.
Mistake #2 – Over-trust:
Summary: if it’s not your device, then stay away.
External drives are among the main sources of malware.
But if for any reason, you have to do it… Then at least make sure to scan it with an Antivirus.
And not exactly those Brand-new Antivirus Software that randomly pop-up where you step into some websites. They trick you to download it as if their malicious code was a solution…
On some occasions, it leaves you further from the solution. Because it blocks your computer from using legit antivirus software.
Last but not least: Social Media. The place where you proudly show personal information, easily exploitable for whose (evilly) knowledgeable.
Think it twice when you consider posting information about yourself, or family members (Names, date of birth, Addresses, other).
All of it can be used against you by breaching your account security system.
Mistake #3 – No Updates:
Updates are life-savers. They keep you out and safe from vulnerabilities that hackers take advantage of.
This might sound/seem strange to you, but antivirus software it’s not the important go-to defense that it used to be.
And that’s good. Because more effective immunity systems have been made to detect suspicious activity linked to Malware.
They will detect them, even if your antivirus says there’s nothing malicious in your device.
But if you don’t update them early, there won’t be much left to save you.
These updates aren’t only vital to antivirus software, but to all software released.
Running outdated versions of apps and software translates into breaches in useless or unsupported features, therefore data at risk.
“Automatic update” settings are a stupid-simple shortcut to avoid this mistake.
Mistake #4 – Public Enemy:
Public WiFi networks are rarely secure. Yes… Even those your buddy owns.
Why exactly? Protection protocols are often weak and don’t resist strong attacks.
WiFi sniffing is a barely-known technique that hackers use to spy on your browsing history and keystrokes.
These types of attacks are very simple, but a simpler solution is to set-up a VPN that hides data from attackers.
Bluetooth and AirDrop networks can be exploited too, so don’t forget to turn them off if you aren’t using it (not because of the battery life of the device…).
An example of this is how “Bluetooth Blueborne” lets hackers connect to a device and take control of it.
How to Know If got Hacked?
You might think that there’s little to do when you get hacked, but there’s actually plenty to do to save yourself.
First of all, it’s necessary to know at least, that it happened… How?
- You get fake messages from suspicious sources: They can be seen as frequent pop-ups, scam advertisements, email phishing or
- You see software or browser toolbars unexpectedly installed: That they installed without consent is a clear sign that they can control or modify your system without notice.
- Sending social media invitations/messages to friends that you didn’t actually send: This is smart and very powerful. This is why these links or files that are sent as your persona became so frequent.
- Login credentials don’t work: Have you ever tried to input a correct password, but simply don’t let you in? Then your account has been compromised OR there are temporary technical problems on the site. Still, be aware and take it into account.
- Your account is missing money: This lack of funds is a scary alert that scream… YOUR CREDENTIALS WERE STOLEN. Sometimes money is transferred to different accounts or it makes a purchase on some website. Phishing is the #1 cause of it.
What to do about It?
You have read 4 common mistakes that the average person does.
Following our recommendations can significantly reduce getting hacked at any time.
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You never know how much money and time you may lose on an unlucky day.
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