Since there’s no need to protect yourself from white-hat hackers, that leaves you with black- and gray-hat hackers to worry about. And while a business can hire cybersecurity professionals to handle their security, you still need to take matters into your own hands.
Use a Password Manager
The number one way to avoid getting hacked by a professional or amateur hacker is using strong passwords. But that can be difficult the more login details you have to remember.
Using a trusted password manager means you only have to remember one strong password that safe-keeps all your usernames and passwords—you could randomly generate these to ensure maximum security.
Limit Your Digital Footprint
Your digital footprint is the trail of information you leave behind every time you use the internet.
You might feel it’s unimportant and minuscule. But it could help hackers execute targeted social engineering attacks through phone calls or phishing emails.
Set Self-Destruct Buttons
Self-destruct buttons might feel like an unnecessary precaution. However, they generally mean having remote control of your devices and accounts.
They allow you to log out of your accounts or even delete a device’s data in case you lose it or it’s stolen. That’s particularly important with your password manager, private files, emails, and financial information.
Avoid Suspicious Websites and Software
Compromised websites and software can invite hackers right into your device.
Avoid giving out private information or passwords on unsecured websites that don’t have a valid SSL certificate.
Never download untrustworthy files or software from unknown sources, such as unsolicited emails.
Safe-Guard Your Hardware
Keeping your data safe isn’t solely about strong passwords and installing the latest antivirus software. You need to physically protect your devices from theft and unauthorized access.
Make sure you never lend your laptop or smartphone to strangers unsupervised and avoid leaving them unattended.
Encrypt Your Devices
In case someone manages to get a hold of your hardware, you need to keep them encrypted. This means using a passcode on your smartphone, for instance.
This includes major devices and storage units like USB sticks and external hard drives.