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10 Easy Ways to Protect Your Passwords and Personal Data

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Learn how to protect your computer and personal data from cyber attacks. Follow some simple rules to save your privacy, gadgets, and money and tackle hackers.

Networks work like this: your passwords are stored in secure systems with the help of special algorithms. Violators try to access these passwords using different techniques. And over time, their methods have only gotten more and more effective. You you protect your private information avoiding some big mistakes, such as using unsecure wi-fi networks and websites, running unknown programs, linking your phone to your social media accounts, skipping system upgrades and avoiding the “sandbox”.

Most hacker attacks happen because people neglect simple and common-sense rules. Always weigh all the pros and cons before breaking one of them. Is it unavoidable? If yes, then don’t be surprised by any unpleasant repercussions that this decision may bring. Apart from that, try to play it safe, and you'll be just fine.

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Unsecure Wi-Fi networks 0:46
Weak encryption and a Wi-Fi router without a PIN 1:39
Unsecure sites 2:36
Unknown programs 3:27
Giving approval to link accounts with unknown sites 4:08
Using your cell phone number as your social media login 4:47
Skipping on system upgrades 5:39
No “sandbox” 6:28
Suspicious emails and attachments 7:24
Synchronized data 8:27

-Unsecure Wi-Fi that doesn’t require a password lets intruders monitor your activity and get your credit card numbers, emails, personal photos, and, most importantly, passwords.
-Turn off the WPS method of authentication on your router’s website to protect your computer from hackers’ attacks.
-Avoid sites without the lock symbol since they can be used to get information from your computer without your authorization. If you’re dealing with sites that require a login, like bank sites, check for the green bar alongside the green lock.
-Allowing programs that you're unfamiliar with or whose names you haven’t heard of might seriously damage the security of your computer.
-Try not to link your personal accounts to unknown sites to protect your account and your private information.
-Intruders can divert the messages from your mobile device, so don't link your phone number with your social media accounts.
-Using Windows XP or an older version of Windows increases your risk of getting hacked.
-If you want to be more secure while visiting scrupulous sites, use a sandbox (a very strictly controlled environment where different programs can be run).
-Don’t open unknown attachments and don’t even think about opening emails that look like spam. Instead, first scan the file using your anti-virus software and always check the header of the email.
-Make it a strict rule to always back your data up offline in an external storage device like a hard drive or a flash drive.

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