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Recently there have been many victims of hackers who’ve taken over their Email accounts and sent out e-mails to everyone in the address book. The e-mails, which appear legitimate, claim that the person has been robbed while traveling and begs that money be wired so that the person can get home. This has been also happened in some Facebook accounts too. Obviously you can never know when you will get hacked. or if you are u are already being hacked.
Most people believe that a strong password is one of the best defenses against online fraud. Because hackers are increasingly employ highly effective ways for compromising accounts that do not require guessing passwords. Actually having a strong password is not enough. There are many other ways to improve your computer security. so simply learning few easy tricks you can become an Anti-Hacker while defending your own computer.
Studies has been shown that the 33 percent of the computers browsing the Internet are running Windows XP. XP is one of the operating systems that make things easier for hackers. because unlike Windows 7, XP is uniquely susceptible to many of today’s most pernicious malware threats. Windows 7, and especially Windows 7 running on 64-bit computers, has security features built in to the operating system such as address space randomization and a non-executable data area. so the first thing you would want to do is to upgrade your operating system into Windows 7.
Its Never good to use public computers, specially at hotels, airports, libraries, and “business centers” to access webmail accounts, because there is simply no way to tell if these computers are infected with malware or not. so try to avoid them as much as you can.
Wireless access points that don’t require an encryption key to access don’t protect your data as it transits through the air. This means that your username and password can be “sniffed” by anyone else using the access point as well. So in order to protect yourself, be sure that the websites and e-mail servers you use employ SSL (“https:”) for everything, not just logging in.
a vast number of users still fall for phishing scams, in which they voluntarily hand over their username and password to a malicious website. this often happens to Facebook users. so be sure to check twice before clicking on unknown links.
Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and others allow you to take proactive security measures to protect your account in the event that the password is compromised. This includes registering alternative e-mail addresses, registering cell phone numbers for backup authentication..etc.. so take these precautions before you get hacked, not after.
if you are a Facebook user, you should probably want to activate the SMS message system. This is a simple, effective way to monitor when someone other than you accesses your account. so you can Begin your battle to change your password before the attackers do.
Have accounts at multiple e-mail providers, that way when you get hacked, at least you’ll have a backup.
Don’t just keep all your important Data in some cloud Provider. be sure to keep a hard Copy of all your precious data. Download your data to your computer and burn it to disc or copy it to a disconnected hard drive to be more prepared.