It is very easy to fall into the habit of easy passwords and clicking “I Agree” like a pro. But, it is important to be aware of what kinds of access you are really giving when you continue to click away and stick to your normal internet routine. Here are 5 ways to protect yourself from serious online threats:
1. Do Not Reuse Passwords
Once a hacker gets into one account, this makes it a thousand times easier to hack into any other account you’ve ever made, including those with credit cards or personal information attached. For your personal and cyber safety, it is extremely important to change your default passwords often and never use the same passwords.
2. Read the Terms and Conditions
Did you read that right? Yes, you did. As horribly painful and time consuming as it can be, understanding what information is being collected about you and where it could be going is crucial. If you read through the terms and conditions, you could find yourself avoiding plenty of threats.
3. Re-Consider Being Super Connected
While all of the cool technology continues to roll out, it makes it easier to track you and your personal information. This also includes posting about going on family vacations and being away from home, because hackers can and will find a way to get what they want.
3. Update Your Devices
Software updates are not just for kicks, they are to fix bugs and update security. You need to be sure that your device is secure, since we all tend to live off of them.
3. Understand How To Work Your Devices
Rather than clicking through everything, take the time to explore your device and be sure you are not adding personal information that is easy to access.