Have you ever been hacked before?

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Ten years ago, no one could have ever imagined that everybody will share his/her private information online. But, as technology took over our lives, our finest  details have  suddenly become visible and shareable!

The use of smart phones and online shopping made the risks higher where all your data could be easily stolen and  all your life could be turned upside down.  This is why it is important to take the necessary precautions that might stop such online attack or any kind of digital theft.

In a survey entitled  “Have you ever been hacked before” carried  out by Cardiff News Plus last month to pose questions about hacking and internet privacy, the survey results showed  some suprising results. Although it was made in a narrow scale of people, the results proved alot that people do not pay much heed that 50% of the respondents said they have been hacked. Roughly 70% of the respondents said they were hacked at least once, whereas almost one third  said they were hacked from two to four times.

Also, the survey showed that only 40% use computer software  or any anti-virus programs  and that they do not open the phishing spasms emails as a kind of protection. This is despite the urgent calls to use antivirus programs  and to update them in order to protect online privacy .

But,what happens if they got hacked! That was the survey next question .More than 50% said that they would change passwords . At the same time , quite half of these respondents said  they would seek a computer engineer or any IT advisory.

Five Tips to Protect your Online Privacy 

Susie Davis , Virgin Media Manager share her own five tips with us :

  1. Always use screen locks, pin locks for your mobiles .Always Sign out, and Log off.
  2. Always use Anti-Virus programs and Firewalls. Update them regularly. When they tell you to “Clean Up”, just clean up because actually they do  wipe out any viruses.
  3. Don’t open unknown websites or un-trusted sources .If pop-up windows appeared suddenly when online, this is the worst thing to happen  because it means that  viruses are all over your device right now.
  4. Do not use the Auto-saved history. Do not put your real name, your real surname and your real birth-date on any website. Anyone could access that and abuse this kind of information.
  5. Most importantly, use very strong passwords and change them regularly. N.B: Do not write any kind of password on your mobile.

Such kind of precautions and online protection could help to make our lives safer . Safer internet for better lives is the main theme for  the conference  Safer Internet Day 2017 . For more information about the conference , please listen to  Caroline Hurst, from UK Safer Internet .

 

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