Can Thinking like a Hacker Help You be More Secure?

Have you ever wondered if thinking like a hacker can help you be more secure? I’d say, yes!  Knowing and understanding their techniques can help you prevent common attacks and exploits. Ethical hacking classes can be such a benefit to you by helping you learn the common attacks and methods that hackers use. While these tips are useful for businesses, they can also help individuals find security. Here are a few examples:

Passwords: Using the same password for multiple accounts is risky. Even if the password is complex/strong, if it is hacked the attacker gets access to all of your accounts.

Beware of free Wi-Fi networks: Tempting as it may be, stay off the free Wi-Fi networks the next time you’re at a public location. Free Wi-Fi networks make tempting targets for hackers. Hackers may also set up fake wireless networks to lure unsuspecting victims.

Facebook Friends Requests: Really think about it before you approve an unknown  “friend” request. Fake accounts can be set up by hackers on social channels with their mission being to gain access to your information.

Don’t share personal information: It seems like common sense, but don’t share sensitive information with people you don’t know.

Use two-factor authentication: Many sites such as Paypal and others now offer two factor authentication. The two elements might be something you have (token) and something you know (password).

Being aware of common threats and basic countermeasures allows you to make your digital life a little safer. These tips may not protect you from all hacking attacks, but they can help secure your online activities.

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  1. Trent Reply

    These were very nicely written and informative articles. We all need to be more proactive about our personal account security. One thing I am glad you mentioned is Two-Factor Authentication. I use 2FA across a lot of my accounts. I feel a lot more secure when I can telesign into my account. If you have that option available to you use it, it is worth the time and effort to have the confidence that your account won’t get hacked and your personal information isn’t up for grabs. It would be nice to see more of the leading companies in their respective verticals start giving their users the perfect balance between security and user experience. I know some will claim that 2FA makes things more complicated, but the slight inconvenience each time you log in is worth the confidence of knowing your info is secure. I’m hoping that more companies start to offer this awesome functionality. To me this should be a prerequisite to any system that wants to promote itself as being secure.