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Encrypt files for additional safety

Your PC will always be at risk of falling victim to malware or hacking, to some extent. You can encrypt your files and folders by right-clicking them and selecting “Properties.” Choose the “Security” tab, and hit “Advanced.” Then, check the box next to “Encrypt contents to secure data.” Click “OK” to close the window, and […]

Make passwords longer, not more complicated

Studies have shown that overly complicated passwords — i.e., complex combinations of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters — are forgotten and require changing frequently. Instead, combine familiar words to create a longer password. Hacking software usually works by systematically figuring out each character of a password one-by-one, so the more characters you […]

Delete any social media accounts you aren’t using

If you have multiple profiles on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, it might be advisable to consolidate them. Old platforms might contain personally identifying information you forgot to take down. Plus, they could be secured with weak passwords that you never got around to upgrading. Fewer accounts means less exposure to hacking as well as […]

Change your passwords after a data breach

Strong passwords are among the best defenses against account hacking. Regularly changing them provides additional protection. If you receive a notification about a data breach affecting one of your accounts, that’s a good occasion to update all your passwords and also implement two-factor authentication if possible.

Set up two-factor authentication on your most important accounts

Complex passwords provide excellent protection against hacking – but what if someone intercepted them? To reduce the risk of password theft, set up two-factor authentication on sensitive accounts. This feature requires anyone requesting access to supply an extra credential, such as a code sent to a separate device, to log in.

Cyber crime never pays

Although those involved in hacking schemes are often able to hide their true identities behind a computer screen, sooner or later many of them end up in police custody. One of the most recent examples of this is Lauri Love, a U.K. citizen who will be extradited to the U.S. on charges of hacking. Love, […]