Don’t Get Hacked!

Sherpa Sense:

Don’t become a cybercrime statistic!

Follow these simple tips to avoid being hacked. 

Let’s Yak:

If you or your computer has ever been hacked, you know how painful this can be. So avoid the pain by following these tips.

  • Never download anything that you weren’t expecting to access. Avoid the temptation for “sounds too good to be true offers”- they will byte you in the proverbial butt every time.
  • Keep your software and OS current. Set them to automatically update.
  • Backup your filesDO IT NOW!!!!” if you haven’t done this recently.
  • Get a good anti-virus software (e.g. Norton, McAfee, or Windows Defender which is free with Windows 10 – and who doesn’t like free). If you suspect malware is on your system, consider malwarebytes (free version) or purchase something similar to clean up your system.
  • Use STRONG passwords. Especially for your email and any financial accounts.If someone has access to your email, they likely have access to your financial info too. Use 12 characters –  upper and lower case, numbers and special characters. Don’t use the same password on multiple sites either. Buy a password manager like LastPass – this is where buying is better than free.
  • Set up 2 factor authentication – at least for financial institutions or money transferring.
  • Never use public WiFi for any financial transactions or sensitive information. Everything transmitted can be listened to by anyone sharing the network. (unless you are using VPN).
  • Change the default username and password on your WiFi router (otherwise the guy sitting out front could access and change your network).

Cyber crime is getting more sophisticated. Spoofing email addresses or phishing to trick you into downloading malware or ransomware. Criminals often rely on an emotional reaction to get you to click on a link or download something you wouldn’t normally do. Don’t be tricked. Don’t go phishing!

Take A Hike:

This week – implement each of the 8 steps above. Start with your financial stuff. You will be glad you did. This is too important to defer.

Yakety Yak:

This is especially key while you and all of the hackers are sheltering in place. 

Peak Lookout:

This post goes hand-in-hand with Prevent Identity Theft.

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