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Life hacks to assure you don’t get hacked

No cryptography algorithms here

In case you’re wondering what is cryptography algorithms, we’ll get to it first. A cipher, or cryptographic algorithms, is the mean of reshaping data from a readable form (also known as plaintext) to a secured form (also known as ciphertext), and back to readable form. Changing plaintext to ciphertext is known as encryption, whereas changing ciphertext to plaintext is known as decryption. Modern cryptography is heavily based on mathematical theory and computer science method. Did you know, most of us will stop reading when they encounter some mathematics or even the word itself, so do we. Math is the only place where people buy 72 watermelons and no one wonders why.

They are also a good one that uses hacking to improve computer security. Source: Hivint | Flickr

Alright, lets back to business. We are pretty sure most of us know what it means by hacking and let not explain further about it. During our research on this subject, a topic that frequently comes up is what, precisely, how to establish a modern hacking force. You will be surprised if you know how detail-oriented of their attacking drive. They are well organized and developed by well-funded teams of the highly trained antagonist who have distinct experiences and backgrounds. To sum it up, their attack planning is handled like a business operation and include hiring plans, budgets, and timelines. One more thing to remember, not all hackers are bad.

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They are also a good one that uses hacking to improve computer security. So, here we are sharing 3 simple things individuals and businesses can do to superior safeguard their data.

Don’t open random emails

Example of a phishing emailSource: Elias Schwerdtfeger Flickr

Most of the phishing attack commonly appear via email. Before that, phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person in the email in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Those email, they don’t look so suspicious on the surface. What you have to do is slow down and check your email carefully. Suspicious emails may have some of these criteria; misspellings somewhere usually at multiple email addresses, dates don’t match, the link includes a .zip extension and there is no corporate information at the end of the email. If you receive a phishing email, do not respond to it. Don’t open junk mail at all.

Download apps with caution

Be more choosy when you are downloading apps. Source: Luis Pérez Flickr

You have installed many apps without checking the requested permissions? Are you sure everything is alright and every app is doing what it is supposed to do? Be more choosy when you are downloading some random apps and remember, one of the tips is to checkup how many downloads an application has before downloading it. If there are not thousands of downloads for what should be a popular app, chances are it is the suspicious apps we are talking about. Some indicators when your device is infected; suddenly slow, using too much data or showing corrupted data. Another thing to do is download some malware protection whereas there some security apps you can download to help conserve your device, scan for viruses and get rid of junk files and any likely infected apps. It’s also a good sense to keep your device regularly updated.

Back to basics

From a poster of the 500 worst passwords. Source: Mike Carlucci Flickr 

You don’t need to be skillful to grasp the security basics and the biggest menace is not from an attacker, it’s complacency. Human is the weakest link in the security chain. Learn how to avoid universal mistakes that could put yourself at additional exposure. Some common mistakes that usually appear are weak passwords, use the same password for different online accounts, reuse passwords, outdated security tools and reveals way too much personal information online. Don’t ever assume your data has no value, or simply don’t understand what anyone could do with it. Also, don’t put out information on a site that isn’t necessarily secure especially websites such as a dating site or a social media site, where security is just not top of your mind. Simple isn’t it? Everything in life goes back to the basics.

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