If you can learn how to be hacked you can then understand how to avoid being hacked. Pull the kids over and go over these with them too. So suit up and get ready, because here we go!
1. Using the same password over and over again - This may come as news to you but whenever there is a breach in a companies database most of the time the hackers post all the e-mails, passwords, and names online. There could even be other sensitive personal information. You can check if your information has been posted online here, just type in your e-mail address and it will tell you if your account is posted online somewhere.
3. Not updating software - The easiest way hackers get in to your computer is by not updating your software. The software makers are always plugging security holes to prevent this from happening but if you don't have the latest version then you more often then not are a waiting victim. See the 7 most important pieces of software to update here.
4. Downloading illegal content online - Sure it is easy to get the latest music, movies, or games online but should you? NO! One.... It's illegal. Two... It can really cause some issues. Hackers know lots of people are searching for free content like this online so they put viruses and trojan viruses into illegal content. It is just waiting for you to download and run it.
5. Unsafe web searching - Make sure to use the real Google, Yahoo, or Bing opposed to the one that comes up with your browser. Sometimes a toolbar will change your search engine to theirs so they can make some money from advertisements. Manually type in your full search engine address like www.google.com, www.yahoo.com, or www.bing.com in your address bar.
6. Clicking on unknown links in your e-mail - This one is very essential now-a-days because everyone gets a few hundred e-mail messages a day. Most of them are spam but a few of them look legit because they claim to be from your bank, Fedex, or some other company you use. They are just there to get you to click a link then steal your login information.
7. Using out-dated software - Back to number 3. Not updating is bad enough but USING the out-dated software is worse. This basically says "Here I am hack me!". If you are using an old version of Firefox to get online or maybe an old version of Adobe Acrobat Reader you are inviting yourself to get a virus.
8. Installing Junk Software - Free is not always the best option. "Free" comes with a few extra things most of the time. Who would spend all that time making a program then just give it away? Most of the time they expect you to just hit next when installing and also install their "partners' advertisements and junk on to your computer.
9. Not keeping your virus/malware scanners up-to-date - By not updating your scanners you are basically scanning your computer for viruses that are old. Most scanners now update their virus definitions hourly or at least daily. So it is very important to check in with your scanner at least once a week and make sure all is running smooth. Generally they have a dashboard that will let you know.
10. Letting the kids install anything they want - This might seem a little harsh but it is very important to not just install a game or program they want. Most of the time a kid is going to be attracted to games and media. Sadly hackers know this and target "free" games or music online. These free games sometimes come with extra surprises to mess up your computer.
These rules go for all types of devices. Malware and viruses on smartphones is becoming a very real issue for ever manufacture. On your phone hackers can literally track your every move via the internal GPS and read your e-mail. If you feel like you have a virus and need help with getting rid of it please feel free to give us a call (937-660-4899) or contact us. We can generally take care of a computer virus issue remotely or on-site in about 1.5 hours. So if you feel like your computer is acting strange, your phone is running slower then usual, or your webcam light is always on let us know so we can help!
Leave a comment and tell us your story about getting a virus! Most of the time you pretty much see it happen, one minute your computer is awesome with no pop ups the next you have all those ads, locked out of certain apps, and nothing is fast anymore. Remember if you ever need help contact us!