How to protect your self from hackers

Hi dudes, S Naziru Ahmad is back again, before anything else, HAPPY NEW YEAR.

As you sit in front of your computer or tap the keys of your mobile device, keep in mind that, every day, tens of thousands of new malware programs are launched, any one of which can disable your computer and install viruses that give cyber criminals control of your data. These programs can also track your keystrokes to give scam artists your passwords.
This year, you will be smarter than any criminal with these 10 basic steps to protect your computer:
1. Use pre-installed security software. Many computers come pre-installed with firewall and anti-virus protections. A good, broad-based anti-malware program is your first step to protect you from viruses, Trojans, spyware and adware.
2. Look for additional security software options before the tax season begins. Depending upon your business and industry, you may need to invest in security software that gives you even stronger protections and options. This is a no-brainer for financial organizations, but last year a news organization was hacked and asked for our advice. Plan now for additional security software before 2017 because any organization is at risk.
3. Consider encryption software. If you keep important financial documents, such as prior-year tax returns, on your computer you may want to invest in encryption software as an extra measure of protection.
4. Never download security software from a pop-up ad. For any type of security software, go to a reputable source. One recent scam is a pop-up ad that indicates it has detected a virus on your computer. It urges you to download a security software package. Don't fall for it. Reputable security software companies don't do business this way.
5. Avoid downloads from suspicious sources. Speaking of downloads; never open a PDF document or picture attached in an email from an unknown source. The same goes for opening a link from an unknown source. This could unleash a virus on your computer.
6. Turn on automatic updates. This one is simple. So simple, many people skip it all together. Set your security software to update automatically so it can be upgraded as new threats arise. Also, make sure your security software is on at all times.
7. Set password protections for all devices. Whether it's your computer, tablet or mobile phone, always set a password requirement for accessing the device. If it's lost or stolen, this will be one more measure protecting you.
These days, many of us have multiple, password-protected accounts. Don't use the same password repeatedly. If criminals steal your password, they'll immediately have access to other important accounts.
Use different passwords, especially on important financial or tax accounts. Longer is better. Your password should be a minimum of 8 digits, but 10 to 12 is even better. It should be a combination of upper case and lower case letters, numbers and special characters
8. Use 2-factor authentication options. Many social media and financial institutions now give you the option of setting up a two-factor or two-step authentication process. This involves a security code being sent to your registered mobile phone. It also means if a thief manages to steal your user name and password, he will be blocked from accessing your accounts.
9. Protect your wireless network. If your home or business WiFi is unsecured, it also allows any computer within range to access your information. Make sure to set password and encryption protections for your wireless network.
10. Finally, protect your children. You've probably realized by now that your kids are smarter than you think. Maybe even smarter than you with technology? Possibly. However, they also need to be educated about the threats of opening suspicious web pages, emails or documents. If your children are sharing your computer or tablet, make sure it has parental control options.

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