Week 8 – Internet Security tips

Remember Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photo leak? She, along with other celebrities, were hacked and their nude photos were leaked online. I guess they really were not following the golden rules on how to maintain Internet security. Sigh.

Her photos were reportedly taken using her phone and stored in, of all places, the cloud.

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Why, Jennifer, why???

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I know hacking is wrong and it infringes one’s privacy and I feel sorry for the people who got hacked. But why do people even store their private information and photos in the cloud and in any devices susceptible to hacking in the first place?

As cyber expert Edd Hardy, Head of Security Assessment at CNS Hut 3, explains it to The Telegraph, storing your data in the cloud is basically storing your data on the server and hence, someone else’s computer.

“The way they are often hacked is through the user interface, so everyone forgets their passwords for things and there is normally a password recovery function, which asks for things like your email address or your mother’s maiden name, or things like that which are generally fairly easy to look up or get, and then you get the password.”

Basically, storing your data in the cloud makes it even easier for other people to hack it.

Simply put, to avoid getting hacked and save yourself from embarrassment, just don’t put any private and sensitive data and information online and in any devices that can be hacked.

You Can't If You Don't - YOUR PRIVATE DATA WON'T LEAK IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM ONLINE

These devices include your computers and smartphones. This is one of the simplest and most foolproof ways of protecting yourself on the Internet.

Another way of ensuring Internet security is to have different passwords for different accounts. I know it can get a tad confusing to have so many passwords. But if you only have one password for all your accounts, hacking your accounts will be a walk in the park once a hacker figures out your only password.

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You can try having a mix of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers for your passwords. Just don’t use “123456” or “password” as your passwords. Those two passwords are among the most common passwords in the world.

Also, before downloading or opening an email attachment, make sure that they are from a reliable source. This helps you prevent your devices from getting infected by the Internet flu computer viruses, worms and Trojan horses.

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A love letter from a stranger? Wow, how romantic! Image via here

These “diseases” are mostly spread through downloadable files and email attachments from shady sources.

Last but definitely not the least, install an anti-virus software to enhance your internet security. Some can be quite pricey, but for those who love free stuff like me, the good news is that there are free ones available too! One of the best free softwares that you can try is Avast Free Antivirus.

Just remember to follow these tips so that you can surf the web safely! 😉

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5 thoughts on “Week 8 – Internet Security tips

  1. A good password should have 12 characters minimum, numbers, symbols, capital letters, and lower-case letters. It is important to use a mix of different types of characters to make the password harder to crack. Ensure it isn’t a dictionary word or combination of dictionary words and it doesn’t rely on obvious substitutions.

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  2. I think that to backup our files and private stuff, we should keep doing it manually, instead of using Internet apps like Cloud to do it. Yes, it is much more convenient, but it is also much riskier! Especially since we don’t know up to what extent is the capabilities of a hacker.

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