Cyberlaw is a growing area of lawyer’s practice. Many business lawyers are starting to provide legal advice on how to deal with being targeted by hackers.
The pandemic made more and more people, entities, and companies move to the online environment. This meant that the potential number of targets for hackers increased – and the constant increase in the number of cyberattacks makes this point very valid. Nowadays, most of the world’s interaction takes place, if we may say so, online. As a result, hackers have a lot to win if they break down the walls of this environment.
But how does hacking affect common Internet users? The majority of people think that, even if they get hacked, there’s nothing that hackers can steal from them other than traffic data, for example. Well, that’s not entirely right! When getting hacked, hackers gain access to all of the data stored on your computer, including the information saved by your browser.
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This means that hackers can potentially see your credit card information, address, social security numbers and more. In fact, they can even approve payments from your bank account with minimal personal data, if they get their hands on it. Here are some valuable habits that will keep you on the safe side of the Internet!
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The Use of an Encrypted Network
When you connect to the Internet, whether you’re at home or not, your traffic and its history are, in most cases, not encrypted. This means that a hacker has only to break your network’s security in order to have full access to your data as it is. Basically, they have to get over an antivirus and probably your computer’s firewall to successfully hack you. This can be easily solved with one simple piece of software.
A virtual private network software encrypts your online connection by changing both your IP and location so that everything you do online cannot be easily seen by hackers. Given that such a network makes it look like you’re browsing from another country, hackers will be looking for your data and personal information in another place.
In short, a VPN is pretty much all you need, as it hides browsing data from any third parties, especially hackers. While one can take certain steps to protect their home network, public ones are an entirely different thing and a VPN does the trick when it comes to keeping the hackers at bay.
The Use of Multi-Factor Authentication When Possible
Usually, hackers don’t target common individuals specifically. However, they might cause data breaches of certain major platforms and, as a result, gain access to thousands of emails, accounts, and passwords. Naturally, one of those accounts will likely belong to you. Hackers can then use the accounts to try and connect to every other major platform out there to see if they strike gold.
First and foremost, you should never use the same password for two different platforms. But, if you do, then it is strongly recommended that you rely on multi-factor authentication.
Multi-factor authentication prevents hackers from using your accounts and data to log in on the platforms that you use. It doesn’t matter if they have the account as long as the authenticator app is out of their hands. Basically, even if your Instagram gets hacked, hackers won’t be able to log in unless they somehow gain access to the MFA app as well.
Different passwords overall and the use of MFA are usually enough to keep you safe in case of a cyberattack.
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The Regular Patching/Updating of Your System/Apps
As annoying as the Windows Update might be, it often happens just to update its virus definitions/database and also address security issues that can be exploited by hackers. In short, if you are running the very first version of Windows 10 at the moment, chances are that your computer is already full of malware, adware, or other malicious trackers.
This is why updating software is extremely important. Even the most minor of patches can fix the cracks in your device’s security. Think of patching as the reintroduction into a society of someone who skipped out on the Internet and everything media-related for as little as 1 or 2 weeks.
In our age, 1 week can come with massive changes and news on the world scene, so to say. The same applies to a computer/device that hasn’t been patched for more than one month.
Being Targeted by Hackers
So – VPNs, multi-factor authentication, and patching. This is everything a device needs to keep its security in top standards and what you need to protect your personal data and information.
The best advice when it comes to adopting these habits is to never take second chances. Hackers can be ruthless when they set their goals and, believe it or not, something as simple as a private network, additional login code, or as a new patch smaller than 1MB can put a stop to their wrongdoings.
After all, the three mentioned above are not even time-consuming habits. They are, in fact, what the average modern-day Internet user should already be doing!
Being targeted by hackers is stressful, so speak to a lawyer about insurance and how to do proper risk management.