In the 90s, the World Wide Web was born, bringing with it an entirely new set of possibilities and threats. Spam infiltrated emails and computer viruses wreaked destruction to corporate networks and hacking was a huge problem. Hackers could steal your personal information, take over your online credit or bank account, and then sell your information on the dark web for a large amount of money.
Today, your online existence is more complex than ever. You’re on the phone, shop online, make purchases online, access Facebook and even your IoT devices as well as internet-connected appliances monitor and record your activities. Hackers can gain access to all this information, whether they’re part of a criminal gang or just a random person with an agenda to influence the political scene.
To protect against hackers, make strong passwords for all of your online accounts. You should also use a secure password manager to keep on top of the passwords. Consider activating two-step authentication. This adds an extra layer of security by asking you to enter a code sent to your phone or email address in addition to entering your password when you sign in. Secure your hard drive to make it harder for hackers to gain access to your personal data even if they manage to take control of your device or computer. Also, be sure to disable «run as administrator» on your PCs, don’t jailbreak or root your mobile devices, and close your computer instead of leaving it running all day (all-time running can affect your device’s performance and opens the way to cyberattacks). You can lower your risk by using the right software for malware scanning as well as uninstalling and encryption of data.