Being online is full of security threats, any hacker using the internet can trespass in your device and steal your valuable data, which could some passwords, pin codes, or any sensitive data.
And to keep ourselves safe on this ground, we usually use AntiVirus and Firewall.
But the questions arises here is, are we really safe using just Antiviruses and such other software?
Well, the answer is, not completely.
What Can Hacker get From our Device:
If a hacker gets into your device, he/she can literally do anything and that without your knowledge.
And that is the reason, why several experts advise to not to store ‘very sensitive’ data on phone.
What could be done to Keep us Safe Online:
Below are the few tricks and tips, which you can do to keep yourself safe online.
Deleting Traces from Old Device:
Have you ever heard that ‘someone has recovered his lost data, from phone or computer’? Well, it actually happens, even the data has been deleted from device completely.
Look, the simple logic behind this is, a system doesn’t remove ‘every detail’ of your data on deleting and hence, using that ‘stored’ detail it can be recovered.
Now, this is a threat when you are selling your old computer or phone as the new owner could recover data from your phone.
To get rid of such situations, just third party software/applications, which can remove every traces of data.
If you use Windows, you can use DBAN, which free for personal use. For Mac, there is a build in disk utility option for secure deleting.
On Android, you can use SHREDroid, as it can automatically delete all the data securely. Note that, SHREDroid doesn’t work with Moto Devices.
Use Password Managers:
Password managers are very useful for a user as it remembers passwords for you and hence you need not worry about ‘hard-passwords’.
Many users, just to get rid of this puzzle, keep less secure passwords like names, numbers etc, which is easily hackable.
Password managers are perfectly designed to create a very hard password and also remembering them, so you need not worry about that.
Using Web-Safe extension:
As we all know that browsers are the medium to connect with web world but connecting with the outer world through the internet isn’t completely ‘safe’.
So, adding an extra layer of protection is recommended.
Browser extensions like McAfee Secure or WOT are very well known to display any threat.
However, modern browsers like Chrome, Safari and Firefox are capable of handling such threat without the use of any extension to some extent, but using these extensions wouldn’t harm.
Identifying and Blocking fake callers:
Hackers can also attack through calls and for that you need to know, which call is genuine and which call is fake.
Well, using a simple tool called Truecaller, on your device can help a lot. It blocks ‘spam calls’.
But remember, this application works differently on Android and iOS. On one hand, Android allows the app to do everything automatically while the iOS blocks it at some level.
Avoid using Unsecured WiFi
It is not necessary that the unsecured WiFi, which is available for public use, is safe. So try to avoid using it.
Change Your Online Accounts Password Frequently:
This is another simple measure, which you can take to avoid such hacking incidents. And don’t keep the same password for all the online accounts. Use password manager software here.