One of the biggest concerns in internet security is hacking. Hacking could be of different levels of seriousness. Hacking could be just plain annoying and disturbing but it may be very severe to the extent that your finances, security, and even national security are put to risk. Critical as it is, we should make sure that we are doing ways in order to, if not eliminate, minimize the possibility of us being hacked.
A way to minimize attack is by being doubtful of what we see on the internet. Sites and advertisements that have offers that are just too good to be true usually contain viruses, spyware and other malicious software programs that enter your system and make it susceptible to hacking attacks. Hackers would entice us to click on the incredible offers on sites and advertisements so that they could trap us. We should be cautious whenever opening these types of offers on the internet.
Another possible way is to extend our vigilance to the e-mails we receive. Be careful when opening attachments from e-mails that you receive, especially from senders whom you do not know. Hackers could make use of e-mails to pass through your internet security measures by attaching files that actually contain viruses. If you still want to download an attachment from an unknown sender, you may but make sure to scan it first. To be on the safer side, also scan even the attachments that came from people you know.
Having good antivirus software programs and firewalls installed and activated in your computer is also one very good way to deter hackers from assaulting you. Firewalls provide an additional layer of security to your computer’s defences. It is also advisable that you unplug your internet connection when not in use, especially if you’re using a hi-speed connection. Your system is kept connected and open to the internet all the time by many hi-speed internet providers and this would be seen as an opportunity by hackers.
Lastly, always update the security of your system. Leaving your security outdated by not downloading and installing any available updates makes your system very vulnerable to attacks.