We spend the majority of our time behind a computer and smartphone screens, connected on Al Gore’s internet. We work, we shop, we socialize as well as create on the internet and it’s essential to always be aware and safe on the net.

From your location to bank details, ID number and more, hacking is a real threat to your sensitive information, and we have a few easy-to-follow tips on how you can lessen your chances of getting hacked.

  • Create strong and unique passwords

Using an easily predictable password for all your accounts is not advisable. The stronger your password is, the better your chances of not your data not being compromised. It’s always advised to make your passwords more than ten characters long, with at least one uppercase letter, one numerical and another non-numerical character.  

The most effective way is using password managers like LastPass, Dashlane and Keeper Password Manager. These tools give you password recommendations with complex combinations and keep all your passwords organized.

  • Set up your two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication adds a barrier of safety to your sensitive information. Usually, you would enter your password, and that would be enough to get into a particular app or site. Adding this security measure, usually means you receive a text on your phone with a code to authenticate that you are indeed the account holder. Google, WordPress, Paypal, Facebook, Twitter, Banking and Yahoo are all sites that you should consider enabling two-factor authentication.  

It’s not limited to text, two-factor authentication can be biometrics, face or voice recognition.

  • Do not click on unfamiliar sites, links or pop-ups

Avoid clicking on unknown links because nine times out of ten, it could be phishing. You could be unknowingly downloading software that will compromise your private information and put you at risk of getting hacked. Your credit card information and login credentials could get stolen and used without your knowledge.

  • Do not enter sites that don’t have the SSL certificate padlock on the URL

An SSL certificate indicates that information like credit card details and account logins are safe on that particular website. The green lock means that the data exchanged between the web server and browser is secure. Never enter a site that does not have the lock and Google usually lets you know that you’re entering an unsafe website and do that at your own risk.

Install an SSL certificate to your site and protect your customer data and improve Google search rankings.

  • Be wary of public Wi-Fi’s

When logging in to a public Wi-Fi you run many risks. The security could be lacklustre, and hackers could slip malware into your device. If you have to use a public WiFi proceed carefully and browse as though someone is watching. Do not expose personal information like card info, logins and passwords. It’s much safer to use your mobile data and hotspot your computer when you’re on the go.

The internet is a vast place but with all the advantages of living in a digital world, there are disadvantages and dangers. Take some time to implement these tips to ensure that your privacy is protected.