Working in an IT firm we are always pushed and asked to complete a lot of Ethical and Anti-hacking training to avoid any kind of attacks. I recently witnessed: that so many bloggers were hacked either the website was hacked, Instagram account was hacked or even their email addresses were attacked.

I received many training on how to avoid hacking or how to be mindful in general when you are using the internet therefore, I would like to give you all a few pointers and Tips on how to proactively look for phishing emails, hacking attempts and requests.

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General Online Security TIPS

  • Be suspicious to any request for personal information; Your account details, your passwords through any link
  • Watch out for grammar spelling mistakes in the email you receive.
  • Beware of VISHING; social engineering attack via phone or voicemail where they ask about your personal information/your identity. Treat any unknown caller with caution.
  • Beware of SMISHING: social engineering attack via SMS where they ask you to reply.
  • Validate the legitimacy of the email you received by researching about that company.
  • Never send your confidential information via WhatsApp- always use encryption on emails for such emails.
  • Remember – Social engineers can imitate familiar phone numbers and emails to trick you. If you want to confirm the suspicious request from a bank or organization is legitimate contact them directly by calling the number at the back of your bank card.
  • When creating a new document use the Permission Tool bar to classify your documents.
  • Keep reviewing who has access to your documents on OneDrive or share Point.
  • If you must use a public network, confirm with the establishment that the network is genuine before connecting and only navigate to sites that begin with “https”—indicating an encrypted connection.

Social media Security Tips

  • User 2 Factor Authentication for Instagram- use your phone number to setup using Google Authenticator APP that generate unique code for each account every time you log in.
  • Be careful before using Third party tool /applications for your social media accounts; do your research about that app because they ask for access and can post on your behalf. A key hint is the safe tool/application would always ask you to’ log in with Facebook’ rather than asking you to put your Facebook login details directly.
  • Keep rotating your passwords and never use same passwords for multiple social media accounts and your emails.

Website/Blog Security Tips

  • Always install SSL it’s a Secure socket layer certificate which normally should buy with your hosting website. It encrypts your data like login details when its passing between your site and host.
  • Use anti-virus/malware software for your website.
  • Use difficult and strong passwords and no personal information in passwords.
  • Keep your website up to date by checking the installing latest updates.
  • Run regular backups.
  • Accept the comments on your website/Blog manually.

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