How vulnerable are you to a cyber attack? Here’s how to know

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Let’s face it, you’re one of the billions of people out there who are vulnerable to a cyberattack simply because almost your entire life is digital. Your critical personal information resides either in the cloud or on your device, waiting to be plucked by someone who might wish to use it for ill-gotten gains.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 4, 2020, Prince, a member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance who refused to give his real name, uses his computer at their office in Dongguan, China’s southern Guangdong province. – As the number of online devices increases and super-fast 5G connections roll out, record numbers of companies are offering up to seven-figure rewards to ethical hackers who can successfully breach their cybersecurity systems.

But how vulnerable are you to hacking attacks? In this guide, you’ll learn what risk factor you have for a cyberattack and how to avoid being hacked in the first place. Because in this age, information is power – and even your own data can be used against you or others.

Have the same password for everything

Having the same password for almost every single account (if not all) is truly a practice. But it also opens you up to a hacker because it’s painfully obvious: once they crack one account, they can crack them all.

The good thing is that avoiding this type of attack is easy: don’t use the same password for everything. According to an article in Reader’s Digest, choose a unique password for every account you have. And if you feel like it’s going to be very difficult to remember all those passwords, either use a password manager or write them all down on a piece of paper and take it with you everywhere.

A piece of paper cannot be chopped. Apparently.

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pen and paper

To work from home

Well, that’s scary for so many people out there. So many companies — even the biggest ones — allow people to work from home as much as they want. But the truth is, working from home exposes you to a cyber attack.

That’s because your home computer likely lacks the same cybersecurity measures that your employer has on their own hardware, writes CNET. In this situation, your security is managed only by you and your internet service provider (ISP) over your connection. Unless you have very strong security in place yourself.

Also Read: Top Cybersecurity Threats of 2022 and How to Protect Against Them

Protecting yourself from a hacker as a home worker requires several things. Here are the best things you can do:

  • Update your system software: We know that constant security updates from Apple or Microsoft can be annoying with all those notifications. But they are your first layer of defense against a hacker.

  • Use two-factor authentication: This is a good second layer of protection as anyone attempting to log into your accounts will have to enter a one-time password or code before they are finally able to log in. The codes are only sent to your device, which means only you know what the code is.

  • Watch out for phishing scams: If you receive a legitimate-looking email telling you something absurd (e.g. you won a million dollars in a lottery you know you didn’t enter), don’t believe it. And NEVER click any link you see, especially if the email prompts you to do so. That’s the basic concept of phishing scams: tricking you into doing something you’re not supposed to do while posing as something legitimate.

WEAK passwords

Do you really want to make yourself a target for hackers? Use the same password for everything and make sure the password itself is weak. whoops Hackers have all sorts of tricks to help them crack passwords, writes FinanceTrain. And sometimes it doesn’t even take them a minute.

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In this photo illustration, a woman is silhouetted against a projection of a password login dialog box on August 9, 2017 in London, England. With so many aspects of modern life requiring identity verification, online security remains an ongoing concern, especially after the recent wave of global hacks.

Here’s a perspective. According to CyberNews, the most common passwords used by Americans on the Internet are as follows:

  • 123456

  • 123456789

  • qwerty

  • password

  • 12345

  • qwerty123

If any of those passwords are the same as yours and you’re surprised you’ve been hacked, seriously, what’s wrong with you? Even a child could guess yours!

CREATE A STRONG PASSWORD. We CANNOT stress this enough. Never use something obvious, such as B. A detail associated with you (e.g. your birthday, your spouse’s name, your dog’s name, your job, etc.). Also, make it longer as longer passwords are much harder to crack. Start with 8 characters and maximize the allowed password length if you can.

If you need help remembering your password, see the first item on this list. Use a password manager or write it down on a piece of paper. Boom. You are done.

See also: Is your webcam hacked? Here are the signs to look out for

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Written by RJ Pierce

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