16 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cyberattacks—and Avoid Getting Hacked | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


You’re impatient

“Many people cannot be bothered with entering additional information to verify their identity. They want to access their accounts in the most efficient and quickest manner possible. Unfortunately, this comes at a potential increased risk. The typical manner to access an online account is a username and password. So if an attacker gains access to this password, they have access to your account. Enabling MFA [multi-factor authentication] on critical accounts such as online banking or email helps to minimize this risk because the attacker now needs another piece of information to access your accounts.

“Not all MFAs are created equal. A common choice is to receive a code via a text message (SMS). This is not the most secure manner to use MFA, as an attacker can port a phone and receive the verification PIN to access your account (as mentioned above). The better option is to have an authentication application such as Google Authenticator, which allows you to enter a PIN directly from the application.” —Will Mendez, vice president of cybersecurity and testing operations at Marcum Technology

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You ignore account alerts

“Many people do not pay enough attention to alerts they receive concerning changes to accounts, especially password changes. This can be a sign of someone trying to access your account by resetting your password. If you notice an alert and you do not remember requesting a password reset, then call your provider immediately.” —Will Mendez

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You do your banking via public Wi-Fi

“A common mistake that we see consumers make that puts them at risk for being hacked is connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots. While it can be convenient to plug into free Wi-Fi while on the go, it is very easy for attackers to intercept internet traffic sent over an unsecured network. Some cybercriminals even create fake Wi-Fi hotspots in public locations in an attempt to steal data from those who connect. Avoid connecting to Wi-Fi networks that are not password protected, and never connect to banking or other sensitive sites when on any public Wi-Fi network.” —Brian Anderson, a security expert at Kaspersky Lab North America


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