5 ways to avoid being hacked

3 years ago | by Chris O'Brien

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Our Technology world is driven by high speed solutions but, do we have the proper tools to protect ourselves from these hackers? Not necessarily however, this can be changed! “With hackers only needing to dupe one employee per company in order to access a business’ data” according to Dominic Powell from Smart Company. We need to start understanding that technology is changing and not always in a good way. And with “59% of people using the same password”, the time to improve on bad password behaviour is now!

Here’s 5 pro tips to help keep you and your staff secure.


  • Update! Update! Update! Always
    It may seem hard to believe but it’s such an easy step that a lot of us miss, saving yourself and your valuable information from getting stolen. With Ransomware on the rise in 2019 we can expect for the trend to only worsen as time goes on. Updating can be as simple as changing your passwords on sites every few months or cleaning old accounts on the internet, everyone is guilty of not updating… not just at work to! Another reason for not updating and changing passwords is convenience. If you use the same password for Facebook who’s to say you don’t use the same one for your bank account? “Ransomware is expected to cost businesses and organisations $11.5 billion in 2019”. According to Rob Mardisalu from the best VPN.Good password behaviour is a must in 2019! Of you think your email and or password has been compromised on a website, use this tool to check -> https://haveibeenpwned.com


  • Don’t fall for unauthorised attachments!
    Another simple tip! Unfortunately, not for a lot of people. Phishing is a great example of malware that is increasing. Australia alone is constantly getting attacked with Phishing as well as smishing and vishing too, and with “Phishing attacks growing 65% this year” according to Re truster. We can see that we need to start being more careful when it comes to unauthorised attachments, there is a few easy ways to check that the attachments in your email will not lead to a harmful virus infiltrating your laptop or company network the following formats are usually safe; jpeg, gif, mpg, mpeg, mp3, tiff, tif and .pdf. Any other format is usually unsafe. Always check the source, is this coming from someone trusted? Is the email something you were expecting? Is it coming from a trusted network or email address?It never hurts to double check attachments to avoid getting phished.


  • Stay safe when using public networks
    Everyone loves free Wi-Fi, but what cost can it come with? Bank account information, social media information, private records, company data the list goes on. There are a few things that can prevent this from happening; always make sure to check the URL if it’s https its most likely trusted and a safe site, do not access private information on free Wi-Fi just remember you could potentially be putting yourself at the hands of a cyber-criminal and if all else fails turn on your own data or use a trusted hotspot that you know will not put you into trouble. Public networks often have more holes than most networks do so it’s important to stay safe.


  • Check your social media and security settings
    After creating a social media account, the last thing most people want to do is to re check settings every now and then. However, this is a crucial step of having social media! The most important step being do not friend or add people who you don’t know, should be simple but a lot of people forget this step! According to The Brag “43% of all cybercrime reports, aged from 20-49-year old’s” This age group is extremely significant in that everyone is targeted. Another tip to live by when it comes to social media is that the less you share the safer you are.The more private the information or location of where you are the easier it is to find and hack you.


  • Basic protection for your phone and other gadgets
    There are some incredible solutions on the market to help protect your gadgets, not only for businesses but for personal use as well a simple tip that could help you is setting up voice, fingerprint or facial recognition. Luckily for most of us we can install solutions fitted to our needs, whether that’s basic password protection or full security to our gadgets there’s always a way around hackers.Apple devices currently have find my iPhone installed to all models which is particularly helpful especially if it is lost, you wouldn’t want your device in the wrong hands.