The world is advancing every day so the Internet too, Internet space—Internet users—Internet technology—Internet fraudsters—Internet securities. You are surely an Internet user and you may decide to become your own security agent only when you are smart enough.
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Hackers are from mankind, they are people like you. Why they different from others is their course of interest breaking through defence without being permitted.
Security hackers or certified ethical hackers are authorised hackers that grant permission in other to break through defence and access what have been protected. They are very skillful in assessing the security of computer systems, using penetration testing techniques.
Although real hacking involves skill and expertise so only minority are Certified ethical hackers. Majority of hackers are try by error. The color of hats does not determine the intelligence of a hackers potentials but what is under the hat does.
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Within Family : To avoid being hacked at is a minor need because only few people are facing the risk. Why, because humanity and conscience does not permit family members from hacking each other. The possible causes of home hacking can be jealous, hatred and greed. Only few cases led to financial break down or blashpheming. So avoid using multiple family members as account recovery back-up contacts. Although the family is the safest place to feel secured but privacy is needed at home.
Avoid copying passwords and login details on calendars and notes at home, your kids can play with your valuable things.
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School is a place to learn and privacy is useful as well at School. You surely will have a best friend. Having a best friend(s) that meet up with your standards means you can share work with them, join their study group and tell them more about yourself.
- Mind you the more information you share about yourself—the more possible you fall a victim.
- Avoid discussing your privacy tips with fellow school mates ( favorite meal, favorite Book, the Street you grew up) because information like these are security questions commonly asked as account recovery options.
- Encryt confidential files on your device
- In locations where students are allowed to use mobile phones at school students have to monitor what their school mates do on their phone.
- Move important files to phone memory and secure your phone with password.(Backup Needed)
Your job is part of your life, it is part of what makes life become more meaningful. Hacking attempts at at work place is part of the the most critical and devastating hacking outcome. It is often attempted by co-workers not external, although external may be involved due to carelessness and privacy ignorance. If you respect others privacy, they too will respect yours. The more you expose your privacy the higher the risk. Although you have to be open minded yet you need to be reserved.
- A company or Organization must have privacy module or policy to protect their business and staffs.
- Don’t discuss your confidential details with co-workers.
- Don’t copy sensitive materials in your computer notes, wall calendar, table calendar nor elsewhere in your office.
- If a co-worker request for a transaction through your channel monitor the activity.
- Encryt confidential files on your device.
Public Internet Computer
Browsing on public Internet computers also involve privacy and smartness expecially when you are to view check for new mails, visit your social networking accounts. To do all these you have to log in to your account. There are few facts You need to know about public or commercial computers (1) They have to monitor or moderate what/how people interact with their computers (2) Some public internet cafe setup recovery option on their system (3) someone might have installed a malware on the network (4) the network may be under attack.
- Before login in to your account on a public computer make sure you change your password (Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to a value you will never use again (towbgtuRHW13$)
- . After you login and finish the session make sure you log out.
- Sign out on the computer and close the login page.
- Make sure you change your password on your personal device immediately (Smartphone, tablet, pc).
- Only save needed file on flash you want to plug to the computer
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Regardless of your, age, gender, profession, device and more you need internet smartness. Everyday each Internet user upload data to a server which helps to evaluate internet usage or statistic. On the social network, Internet safety and privacy has become a dilemma facing some youths, students, workers and some elderly people. The issue with social network smartness starts with individuals who are conscious of their privacy.
Chatting with strangers can put you in trouble, especially when sharing informations like the name of your favorite uncle, street you grew up, favorite meal, mobile number, email and your birthday are informative enough for a hacker to get you. When you see a post, comment or photo you didn’t share and was shared by you, it means you have been hacked what you must do is to change your password and trace your activities.
This may involve stealing people’s personal data. A phisher may develop a program or form to prompt users to share information with their friends on social. Any innocent user who log in their details will fall a victim. Scamming Domains are confusing because they look like official website domain. For example, webclick.com.ng is our official website domain but a scammer may may choose another domain name that is similar to webclick.com.ng and imitating our brand. So the issue with Scamming domains and websites url areto be considered with smartness.
If your connection is slow and not loading fast close your browser and restart it. Your credit card should be made confidential with you alone. When you receive a response that “this webpage is dangerous’ like if you visit a web page, browsers like Chrome check the content that’s loaded to see if any part of it is potentially dangerous. When it detects a problem, the browser shows a warning, alerting users that content from a site chrome have identified as being malicious is being loaded. Your choice is to leave the site (only developers may identify or know why some warnings are displayed and may choose to ignore the warning).
Email Scamming is pretending to be someone and deceiving people with the identity such attempt may regarded to as phishing. Every business individual needs private email address and such email should not be make public nor used to reply strange nor unknown mails.
Some accounts were hacked on facebook by hackers and used for personal purposes and can’t be retrieved by the authorised users. If your account have been hacked report the account. Social engineers are smart and intelligent, they can get your data through mutual activities like coffee hangout, partying and even obtain some of your data from innocent friends and family. They may propmt you to invite your friends on facebook, Google Plus, Yahoo, LinkedIn and fetch your details without your permition.
“There are Approx. 600,000 Hacking Attempts Made by Hackers or Other on Facebook Accounts Everyday. This is the Largest Number of Hacking Attempts on a Specific website .”
A young girl anxoiusly log in her facebook details to a dating site and her facebook account was hacked by the gurus. Later they started posting offensive posts with her profile.
Do not use your birthday, graduation day, year, 1234 as password use H4Grue&a5 formats and don’t discuss your password with anyone.
- Use different passwords for different websites .
- Always update your passwords.
- Do not write your password nor account login details in your email draft nor in your online drive.
- Do not have multiple back up contacts or account recovery personels
- Clear your browser cookies and cache before and after every browsing session.
- Install antivirus from trusted sources like Avg, Avast, Kaspersky and more on your computer.
- Avoid logging in to your facebook, twitter and other social accounts in other or third party websites to avoid being hacked.
- Always update your browsers.
- Only use apps from trusted sources or vendors
- Report all necessary loss or damages to your account to your service provider or if necessary to the nearest police station.
- Incase you you lost your device or is stolen make sure you report to the nearest police station after several attempts to recover the device failed . If later recovered by you make sure you return a feedback to the same police station.
Every prosperous website expecially Ecommerce face ceaseless hacking attempt. This is a big challenge for website owners when it comes security. A website may be hacked if there is any leakage by any of the admins, one should not under-estimate the efforts of hackers. Hacking attempts on a website may be caused by data leakage, competitors can do that as well.
- Backup your website regularly when necessary
- Setup login modules for site admins and roles for individuals according to their expertise
- Regularly change your password
- Do not publish your control-admin detail
- Make your backup details private
- Install ssl on your website
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