How to Not Get Hacked

Last month, police in North America and Europe arrested over 100 people involved in a global hacking scam (reported on Yahoo). In light of this event, we think it’s pertinent to remind you how not to become a hacking victim.

Be smart with your passwords. It’s obvious, but still so important. Your passwords should be more than six characters (11 is ideal): a mix of letters (capital and lowercase), numbers and characters. And make sure each password is different – even though we know it’s easier to remember one password, avoid the temptation.

Protect your information. Also obvious, but don’t keep a document on your computer or in your cloud files that has a master list of your passwords. Don’t email your bank account information or social security number, and if you do, delete the sent message from your records.

Utilize two-factor authentication. You know how Google or Facebook sometimes ask you to link your cellphone number to your account? Do it. Even though you may not want to give Google your phone number (believe us, we understand), it’s better than a hacker getting into your account.

Back up your stuff. This one isn’t so much a step to prevent hacking, but to prevent the loss of your files just in case you do. Even if you don’t get hacked, it’s still always good to back up your computer.