Outsmarting hackers isn’t easy. Many of them are masters in their field of expertise. They can either be your own, once-trusted team members or they unknown, malicious strangers. In the computing sector of this modern age, when a person hears the word ‘hacker’, it means trouble. It has become a negative word denoting someone who steals information to use for his own gain.
So if they are professionals, how can we outsmart them?
To outsmart someone who is smart, you have to find out what he doesn’t know. Find out his weakness and understand how far his strength goes.
Hacking a computer system for information has its limitations. Often you can use these limitations for outsmarting hackers.
What are the limitations you can use to your advantage?
A Bluetooth that is turned off cannot be hacked, obviously. Some people are just vulnerable because they have their Bluetooth turned on all the time or they forget to turn it off after use. Do not make the same mistake they’re making.
Private WiFi is safer than public WiFi – again, stating the obvious. But free WiFi is so good that there are still many who prefer to use these rather than use private networks. Using your private network may not be foolproof but it prevents easy hacking of you private information.
A WiFi that uses a unique password is hard to crack. If you’re still using a default password for your devices or internet connection, then it is time to change it to something no one else knows, except you and those who you can share the information with, of course.
It is a big risk to keep using the default password because they can easily be cracked. Be vigilant and change all login information on a regular basis because the hacking software is run round the clock to decode a single password. They never get tired.
Know the websites you are visiting – this is a limitation to a hacker but an advantage to you. If you know the website you want to go to, it is highly unlikely that you will be duped into logging in to a similar looking website. If in doubt, always check the website address and see if the domain is spelled right.
Article written by Jonna Lindawan
Jonna is a startup VA business owner who loves helping her clients grow their businesses through her skills in writing, customer service, research, data entry, transcription, social media management, and admin support. Visit her website here.