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How to stay ahead of hackers

 Hackers threaten personal security online by preying on gaps left behind by our browsing history.

Stay safe online by not exposing passwords and other log in credentials to malicious netizens. Photo/COURTESY

This could be by using public Wi-Fi and failing to log out after you are done with the task at hand or just having a weak password such as your date of birth or your maiden name which everyone in the village knows.

Below are a few steps to take in improving online security especially on social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter.

Password. Use complex password that cannot be cracked easily by intruders. This can be achieved by mixing upper case and lower-case alphabetical numbers as well as numerical and symbols to be part of your new password. Such as this Yta143>%.

Log out. Once you borrow someone’s phone or computer, ensure you sign out after you are done with browsing. This denies the malicious users from hijacking your social media account and pretending to be you once they happen to get access.

Notify. Tell your friends that your account has been compromised and efforts are being made to restore it. Warn them not to send money or any personal and private information solicited by the hacker.

Remote. One can review their sign in credentials and remotely sign out websites they visited and are exposed to hackers. This denies the hackers a chance to take over your social media account.

Recovery. The phone number or email address used to log in should be easily available to you for restoring online security once attempts are made to compromise it. The email and phone number will receive codes and links for restoring the hacked account.


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