There are about 390,000 malware detected each day, and this is used as bait by hackers so they can choose their new target. Users often make some common mistakes that lead to them being targeted by hackers. The effect of being hacked, from a psychology perspective, is grave – it can make you develop a mental health issue that may cause problems in the future. You have to watch out for this.
Anyway, here are the ten common mistakes that users commit and how to avoid making these mistakes in the future:
Clicking Questionable Links
Do you notice pop up links when you download music or photos off the internet? These are baits that if you click on, will add malware to your system and can access all your personal information, even your bank accounts and passwords. Avoid this by sticking to well-known sites. Generally, the most popular sites are found on the top of your Google search.
Using Unknown Flash drives
Back up all your files and always make sure to scan your computer and flash drive for viruses. Using other flash drives can lead to adding malware and viruses into your system. In short, if it’s not yours, don’t use it.
Downloading Unsolicited Antivirus Software
We all have encountered a pop-up antivirus program warning us that our computer is at risk and we need to click and download the free antivirus software provided for us. This is one of the hacker’s way to link malware into your system. The best way to avoid this is to use antivirus that is legit and will help you block pop-ups so you can avoid clicking on them and having malware into your system.
Leaving Your Webcam Open To Attack
Hackers could take control of your computer, and this can be a severe invasion of privacy. You should know if your webcam is being used. Sometimes, a small light appears next to your camera that tells you your webcam is on. Take precautionary measures. Blocking the webcam with tape and knowing how to turn off your audio help in a significant way.
Using The Very Same Password-All Over Again
Changing your passwords every six months can help you protect all accounts you have that are very important. If you have bank accounts and other apps that require your personal information, it is a safe bet, although a hard one because it is hard to remember multiple passwords for multiple accounts.
Using Weak Passwords
There is software available for hackers that enable them to guess your password, especially if it’s a weak password. Make sure your password has a potent combination of letters and numbers that is hard to imagine, so you know your accounts are safe.
Procrastinating On Software Updates
We notice that every once in a while, our software update to a newer version. This is to prevent hackers from hacking into your software and planting viruses on your computer. Although you have a reliable antivirus, updating when needed can be another step of precautionary measures to ensure you that your privacy and device are safe from malware.
Answering Phishing Emails
Do you see an email in your inbox that says you won the lottery or you have to click to see a video? These emails should be avoided at all costs because this is another way for your device to have malware. Emails can recognize these kinds of emails and immediately move them into the spam inbox. Make sure to delete these kinds of email immediately. Make sure you know the name and email address of a sender before opening an email.
Disabling Windows User Account Control Feature (UAC)
Windows User Account Control Feature may seem annoying to you, and you disable the notifications, so you don’t have to see them all the time, but it is like handing your computer to hackers to use as they wish. This is what they want, and you wouldn’t even notice that they have changed your controls and other features in your computer because you disabled the notification. Make sure you avoid disabling your notifications, so you know the updates going on your computer.
Using Public Wi-Fi
Be careful when using public wifis. Try to avoid using them at all if you don’t need to. These wifi spots are non-secure and could be a hacker waiting for bait for them to put malware in your computer or other device and have access to all your personal information. Make sure that when you use public wifi, it is safe or it is linked to a coffee shop or restaurant you’re in. Better yet, using your mobile data instead of public wifi is a more reliable choice.
These are the ways hackers hack into your system, but now you know how to counter it. By following the steps recommended on each item, your device and personal information are safe. Make sure to keep in mind these simple steps.