“The key to social engineering is influencing a person to do something that allows the hacker to gain access to information or your network.” Kevin Mitnick from messaging to email, we’ve collected some useful tips to protect yourself online with the help of Will Strafach, a security researcher and former iPhone hacker working on a comprehensive mobile security solution for iOS called Sudo Security.
How To Protect Yourself From Hacker
Keep a passcode enabled on your phone. Seriously.
If you don’t have a passcode on your phone, you’re making your data easily accessible to anyone who comes across your phone if it’s lost or stolen.
Turn two-step verification on for every online account you have that supports it, especially your email provider.
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Two-step verification is an additional security process that requires you to authenticate yourself on another device, typically your phone. It’s meant to prevent someone from logging into an account with just your email and password, and it’s very effective at keeping your accounts safe.
Use different passwords for your logins. 1Password is a great app to manage them.
It’s bad practice to use the same process across different logins, especially ones that have access to sensitive information like banking credentials.
Apple’s iMessage is encrypted, but if you’re still nervous or want something that works on iOS and Android, use the Signal app.
Apple’s iMessage is end-to-end encrypted, which means it’s safe for 99% of communication. The company has testified repeatedly in court that if the government were to subpoena a customer’s iMessage’s, Apple wouldn’t be able to comply because it’s encrypted data.
FaceTime and Signal will both let you make encrypted audio calls.
If you’re worried about the feds listening in on your calls, both Signal and FaceTime encrypt audio calls over an internet connection.
A VPN doesn’t necessarily mean that all your web traffic is in safe hands, so exercise caution.
A common security practice for when you’re connected to a public WiFi network is to use a VPN or virtual private network. This encrypts all of your traffic, making it impossible for a hacker to see what data you’re transmitting over the WiFi network.
If a link or email looks suspicious, don’t open it.
It may sound obvious, but your common sense is the best defense against you getting hacked.