As the virtual world grows, so do its viruses. Hackers will take any chance to get into your system, encrypt your files, and ask for a ransom.
Here are some tips on how you can prevent your system from getting hacked:
Public computers and free Wi-Fi should not be used to check company email.
Any computer you would find at a public library, airport, or café could be programmed by a hacker to take and report your username/passwords. In addition, hackers can easily tap into the account to which you may be connected via free Wi-Fi, and access email, social media accounts, and even online banking.
Create strong unique password.
Many people make it easy for hackers by using passwords like 123456, 12345678, abc123, and qwerty, which can be easily guessed. Create a unique password for your work email, personal email, bank account, social media outlets, etc. Passwords should be long and complex, and should have the ability to change periodically.
Do not stray to unknown websites / or click on unknown links.
Avoid clicking on links, which download videos and other files from unknown websites. If you receive an unusual email from a friend, do not download any links until you can verify that they have sent it.
Never share passwords.
Hackers could be monitoring the sites you are using or even your work email, in order to access more of your personal information. Online sharing, or even sharing over the phone, could leave you in a vulnerable spot when dealing with a hacker.
Encrypt your way to safety, and back up all files.
Encrypting your files makes it harder for hackers to steal your personal information. There are programs that you can purchase and use, which do this for you (see the article below). Backing up your files, either through an online source or on old-fashioned paper, will make your life easier if your files are corrupted or deleted by a cyber-hacker