This article I read recently about hackers who target high profile hotel guests when they use the hotel’s Wi-Fi made me think about how vulnerable a lot of people are.
Unfortunately a harsh reality in the digital world we live in is the threat of hackers gaining access to our personal data. Whilst many use malicious software to break into our systems, the smarter hackers are targeting something weaker than the anti-virus protections we use, YOU!
The information that can be found on social media sites is the first place hackers will look to arm themselves with the data to help them hack into an account. You only have to look at the amount of junk emails received to realise how widespread your email address is. So working out your password probably won’t be too difficult for hackers. Sites like Facebook and Twitter will usually show posts about family and stuff you like doing, and as most passwords usually consist of a family name, pet or leisure interest they can easily be worked out. So the first thing everyone should do is create a stronger password combining upper/lower case characters and numbers. And never use the same password for all your accounts.
Then there’s the security questions you may be asked when logging in to some sites, questions you have selected. Again, the most common question is your mother’s maiden name, something anyone could find out via the internet. Security questions should be something only you know the answer to and couldn’t be answered anywhere else.
Online information and social media chat is great but can put your accounts at risk if not managed carefully. Here are our tips to keep your accounts secure: