How to Avoid Getting Hacked
How many times have I been hacked? I have lost track. It REALLY happens guys. Some hacks have been big, but mostly small. Quite frankly, I don’t even remember most of the small ones. My first hack however is one that I will NEVER forget and this is why I want to tell you how to avoid getting hacked.
When I started my first online business, I got lucky. I had a post go viral and my income jumped from start up to over $4000/month residual income and growing. I was shocked. I had now idea what I was doing and it felt almost illegal for me to be making this kind of money after only 3 months. Because I was new, and VERY naive, I had NO security in place whatsoever. Someone noticed my success and targeted my new website. Hack after hack, I eventually lost the website. I didn’t know enough about site security to protect and then defend myself. Social media accounts started flagging my website as a spam site because anytime someone would click over from Pinterest, there was a redirect taking them to a dead end “ad trap” website. My website got blacklisted and so I gave up. I decided to start all over again. It got me on a mission to see how to avoid getting hacked.
How to Avoid Getting Hacked
- Wherever possible, use the 2-step Verification. Major sites such as gmail will have this option in the security settings. 2-step Verification will text you a confirmation code whenever a non-approved IP Address try to access your account (even with the right login credentials). Simply type the verification code that was texted to you and you are in. You can “remember” devices so that you only have to get the code once per device. Check now to see what accounts offer this and click enable.
- Use ridiculous passwords. FOR EVERYTHING. Use hard passwords from websites like your local library account to your bank accounts. Every account needs to be secure because you never know what information they can cross over.
- Don’t use the same password for anything. Hackers can use the weakest website to crack your password, then can use your email address to try all of your other logins.
- Beware of “Login through Google” Or “Login through Facebook”. If someone can hack your Facebook password, they have access to all the websites that you have allowed the “Login through Facebook” and can go shop until they drop.
- Never give any information to anybody over the phone or via text message unless it is encrypted. iMessages are automatically encrypted FYI. Go apple.
- Never provide information to institutions over the phone or via e-mail. Tell them that you will call them back and use the phone number that is listed on their website. Hackers are really good at making things sound and look “official”.
- Never save a document with all of you password information on your computer. If you feel it is necessary to save a digital hard copy, use a code or system such as (reverse the capitol and lowercase letters and use one number higher than the one in the actual password. This way, that the information is encrypted, and only you know the system to unlock the real password. A hand written version hidden and locked up would be safer because it is not accessible to hackers. If you have someone break into your personal Fire and Waterproof Safe, you may have bigger issues to worry about.
- Use a password manager. It is WAY too hard to keep track of passwords if you are doing it the right way. Password managers like 1Password make login even faster than ever. You actually never have to type in your login and passwords again.
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