“What is important is no longer either a signature or a number, but a code: the code is a password.” – Gilles Deleuze
These days we live in a day and age of security because we are forced to deal with computer hackers…you know, the unseen forces that hack into our bank accounts, governmental privacy accounts, websites, emails, and just about anything that is linked to the internet.
PSST…What’s the Password? I promise I won’t tell! …hmmm, right!
We have to protect ourselves, the best we can. These unseen “Hack” forces live amongst our internet connection with the world. They are called “Hackers” and they are the “troublemakers” which I term very loosely. It seems they have no better way of life other than creating trouble and havoc for us folks that are simply trying to live, learn, and grow with the internet community. They sabotage our efforts and make every effort to ruin and destroy hard-working peoples credit.
The issue with “Hackers” is growing at epidemic levels the more we learn about and buy new technology. These Hackers work in behind-the-scenes and you don’t even know it.
To make it simple: Computers have a back-end and a front-end.
- Front-end is the screen you log in and the icons you push to navigate yourself through the websites and the internet.
- Back-end is all the technical know-how that makes the screen look the way it does and the buttons to function the way they do and store the information it collects
These “Hackers” break into the back-end and steal peoples identity, your funds/credit information, website access, tap into your computer cameras, and so much more. Having your accounts compromised is a worry, kinda creepy and scary, wouldn’t you say?
So, how should you Protect yourself??
Make or get a strong password for anything you have online that requires one. Having a strong code will deter hackers. and save your vulnerable information.
Here is what you need to do to make a strong password:
- use a mixture of upper and lower cases
- include punctuation numbers
- include symbols
- make it long
- hackers have “brutal force attack” which mean they have a computer program that runs every possible combination of letters, numbers, symbols. The shorter your password is the quickest it takes to hack in
- avoid words from the dictionary
- make gibberish words up… this means for you to make words that don’t make any sense
- think of a favorite quote or phrase and use the first letter of each word, add symbols and letter to make it more complex
Why do passwords change often?
We are often prompted to change our passwords regularly because it will help you to reduce your risk of exposure to cyber attacks due to weak and stolen passwords.
Refreshing your password will only help keep hackers at bay, as well as deter unlawful efforts from people that have stolen or compromised your security…could be strangers, could be someone close to you. Just keep an open-eye and questions anything that you feel compromises your security.
Protect yourself and your identity by Creating Strong Passwords and updating them monthly, at least.
When using your ‘pin’ for transactions, cover your hand and secure your debit and credit cards from people that could steal them. Save your passwords in a secure location.
I hope this Blog was helpful. Any feedback would be appreciated. I am wondering how do you protect yourself from hackers?
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