When the World Wide Web first came into existence in the 1990s it opened new possibilities however, it also brought a new threat. Spam has infiltrated email accounts, computer viruses wreaked destruction on corporate networks, and hacking became a concern. Hackers can steal your personal information and access your online bank or credit account, and even sell your personal information on the dark web for lots of money.

Today, your online life is more complicated than ever. You’re using a smartphone, you shop online and bank online, you’re on Facebook and other social media platforms, and your home appliances that are connected to the internet and IoT devices are tracking and reporting on your activities. All of this data is available to hackers whether they’re part of a criminal organization or a lone individual with an agenda of political inclination.

Create strong passwords for all your online accounts. Make use of a password manager to manage your passwords. Consider activating two-step authentication. This adds an extra layer of security by asking you to enter a code that is sent to your email or phone address along with your password when you log into. Secure your hard drive to make it harder for hackers to access your personal data even if they get control of your mobile or computer. Don’t jailbreak or root your phone, and do not leave your computer running all day long. This will affect the performance of your device and open it to cyberattacks. With the right software tools for malware screening, uninstalling, and encryption of data will reduce your risk.


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