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Some tips how to protect your computer from hackers

Thursday, April 15th, 2021 by Helge
varningWe live a large part of our lives online and on our computers – whether it’s about working, paying bills or enjoying a movie. With this comes a greater vulnerability as there are people who want access to the sensitive data you have on your computer.

But do not worry! There are some guidelines to follow to reduce the risk of being exposed to a hacker or fraud.

 

Use strong passwords and password managers

 

Having a strong password is a basic tip to prevent being exposed to hackers. The strongest passwords, on the other hand, are often those that are difficult to remember – those that consist of various lowercase and uppercase letters as well as numbers and characters. In addition, you should preferably use different passwords for different accounts.

So, how do you most easily keep track of your different, strong passwords? Well, with a password manager! It saves all your passwords for you and can even generate strong passwords the next time you need a new one. That way, you do not really need to know your passwords, and we usually say that a good password is the password you can barely remember. There are a few more good password managers that cost a small penny. If you’d rather have one for free, try e.g. Google Chrome’s built-in password manager.

Use two-factor authentication

 

Two-factor authentication can significantly reduce the risk of hackers and fraud. If someone gets over your password, an additional verification is required before they enter your account or the like. This simply makes it more difficult for unauthorized persons to access the account.

The two-factor authentication can, for example, be in the form of a one-time code or an SMS sent to a registered mobile number. You can set up two-factor authentication on most accounts you have online.

Avoid public networks

 

A major threat, which not everyone is aware of, is public networks. Everyone who is connected to the same WiFi network as you can see the information your computer sends and receives. They can even access your computer directly if it is not configured properly.

What can you do if you need to use a public WiFi network? Use a VPN that encrypts all the data that leaves your computer. You should also specifically mark the WiFi network as a public network, to block direct access from other users on the network. You will usually be asked if a network is private or public when you connect to it for the first time.‍

Unsure? Do not click, do not open or publish information

 

Many people who are exposed to hackers or online fraud are tricked into interacting with a real authority or company, when in fact they do not. For example, it can be difficult to see the difference between, for example, a real email or a scam email, and this can have devastating consequences.

Therefore, you should always think twice before clicking on links, opening emails or giving out your personal information in any way. Even if the person is who they say they are, you should take their claims and promises with a pinch of salt. If anything seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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